Re: Modes of transmission

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    >From: Wade Smith <>
    >Subject: Re: Modes of transmission
    >Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 11:32:42 -0500
    >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
    >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.
    It might take a bit of dragging, kicking and screaming to pull me squarely
    within the memetic flock :-)

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