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>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.
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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