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> > To be replicated is necessary but insufficient to qualify as memetic.
Memes are not passively replicated but actively self-replicate. The mere
repetition of words doesn't mean memetic propagation is occurring. Memes
exploit our conscious interaction in order to replicate themselves from one
mind to another. In order for this to occur, the words must involve some
kind of interpretation ("bacon is evil") and not a mere statement of fact
("bacon is in the fridge"). If it's merely factual, the repetition of the
statement can be accounted for according to normal, intentional use of
> > I'd say there's only no fundamental difference between the two. Either
one of them
> > is adopted if the potential host deems it worthwhile to do so. The
latter in times of
> > appetite for instance, the former in times of mental illness.
> Or religious proscription, obviously. Not that there's always a
discontinuous difference between the two.
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