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> The new study is called memetics after "meme" (which rhymes with
> cream). "Meme" is a coined word from a Greek root for memory, and
> purposefully similar to "gene." Dawkins devoted the last chapter of his
> earlier book, The Selfish Gene, to defining memes and discussing the
> survival of these replicating information patterns within the meme-pool
> (roughly culture). "Meme" is close to "idea," but not all ideas are
> memes. An idea which fails to propagate beyond the person who first
> thinks of it is not a meme. "Beliefs," especially organized and promoted
> beliefs, are memes, or, depending on how you think about them,
> cooperating groups of memes. I will use memes, ideas, replicating
> information patterns, and beliefs as similar terms in this article.
I'm with Derek when he argues that beliefs by themselves are not memetic.
A state of belief may emerge from adopted memes though. For example, the
meme `god exists' is easily transmitted to everyone. The actual belief in
is quite a different story. A first requirement of believing it is that it
to be compatible with your religious worldview. Atheists don't believe it,
do. The concepts `belief' and `meme' thus seem to behave independently.
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