Re: Modes of transmission

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 16:32:42 GMT

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    On Thursday, January 17, 2002, at 10:41 , Vincent Campbell wrote:

    > A bank robber telling the teller to hand him the money isn't
    > conveying a meme, he's conveying an instruction. Memes are
    > things that are
    > replicated. An instruction is not in and of itself something that is
    > replicated, it is something that is either carried out, or not
    > carried out.
    > After all the teller is not imitating the robber by giving him all the
    > money.

    I was groping at completing the same objection, but, of course,
    since the meme-hydra grows as many heads as it needs, all Joe,
    or anyone else, has to say is, "well, of course, that's an
    'instructional meme', silly". Just like we've been presented
    with 'historical memes' and 'linguistic memes' and 'potential
    memes', and, well, I'll let you finish the catalog.

    Forcing a behavior onto someone else is coercion, but we've also
    seen many mentions here that equates memetics with coercion, on
    a very basic level.

    - Wade

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