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> firstname.lastname@example.org Jeremy Bradley <email@example.com> Re: Words and memesReply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>>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?
I see memes as encodings of meaningful information that are replicated for fitness reasons. They may be encoded in neural nets, behavior or artifacts, and many are encoded in all three.
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