Re: Words and memes

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Date: Tue Feb 05 2002 - 09:47:53 GMT

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    Ted wrote
    >If "meme" is taken to be equivalent to "idea," then it becomes culturally
    >universalized and ceases to have meaning. On the other hand, if "meme" is
    >equated with "learned behavior," then it becomes biologically universalized
    >and also ceases to have meaning. Any term that can be collapsed into
    >another term is just an abstraction. It has no existence outside of the
    >word we've made up for it.
    Hi Ted
    Good points. What if 'meme' is simply a word signifying a strand of
    cultural information which resides in cultural artefacts (even a hammer)
    which enables the replication of the culture?

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