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----- Original Message -----
From: Keith Henson
> >>We're born into a world already
> >>chalk full of ideas, all of which want to seduce us and propagate in
> >>our consciousness,
> >I don't believe ideas "want" to do anything.
> Of course not, and genes are not "selfish." It is a shortcut method of
> thinking Dawkins used to consider things from a gene's or a meme's
He wrote an entire book called *The Selfish Gene.* Are you saying he didn't
really mean it? I think we have to accept the fact that, according to
Dawkins' theory, memes are not merely ideas capable of replication but
autonomous ideas that actively pursue self-replication, much like genes.
> But an idea can certainly cause the person who has it to spread the idea
> others. Such memes tend to become more common as time goes on.
Anything with causative power has its own intrinsic existence.
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