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At 05:30 PM 21/01/02 -0800, "Joe Dees" <email@example.com>
> > "Scott Chase" <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com Re: The
> necessity of mental memesDate: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 16:37:40 -0500
> >"Contagion" may be apt for uses in certain cases though not a term to focus
> >upon to the exclusion of other possibilities. I'm an agnostic on memes so
> >I'm open to other terms and other views.
> >There's a plethora of terms (erroneous or not) out there which refer to
> >stuff influencing human individual and social behavior. It might be neat to
> >construct a taxonomy of these terms, though I'm only aware of a limited
> >number such as meme, mind virus, contagion, culturgen, engram, mnemon,
> >complex, idee' fixe, collective representation, archetype and so on.
>The objection is reasonable, for many memes are symbiont rather than
>virulent, kinda like mental mitochondria.
While the pathological memes are very often used as examples to make it
clear that memes "have a live of their own" I have in my articles always
tried to stress this point. The vast majority of memes are helpful or at
least not harmful.
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