Re: Words and Memes

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    > > Culture can be divided into intentional and memetic.
    > > While the "atoms of culture" are always taking on a
    > > life of their own-- far beyond the intentions of
    > > their creators-- we are continually regenerating
    > > culture from the foundation. Even if a particular
    > > tune is known to be "catchy," if I consciously
    > > decide to hum it, it's a function of intentional
    > > culture. Only when it starts playing on its own--
    > > and continues replaying long after it's begun to
    > > annoy me-- does it become a function of memetic
    It's hard to choose and use a tool unintentionally.


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