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But John, 'cultural Darwinism' implies that mutation and natural selection
are the only things at work in cultural evolution. We are in a position, as
a species, to go beyond that, and some of us use the term 'meme' to refer to
an element involved in going beyond that. This is why I offer from time to
time this somewhat different definition: a meme is a langauaged idea/belief,
embedded of a linguistic architechture that provides it with
self-disseminating and self-defending properties. This definition allows for
the possibility that such memes can be consciously designed and launched.
Cheers, and good progress on the dissertation.
> The whole neologism of meme is exactly what Aaron says - a distraction.
> I would rather we referred to this whole thing as cultural Darwinism (I
> would have said cultural evolution, but that has too many connotations
> from the turn of the 20th century), which - if one has read one's
> Ewald - includes epidemiological models.
> Aaron, I promise at some unspecified future time to read your essay in
> detail. Possibly after the PhD thesis is in.
> John S Wilkins
> PhD candidate, species concepts
> History and Philosophy of Science, jointly with Botany
> The University of Melbourne, Australia
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