RE: Memes Meta-Memes and Politics 1 of 3 (1988, updates 2002)

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Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 04:02:19 GMT

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    At 01:48 PM 11/02/02 +0000, you wrote:
    > Hi Ronan,
    > Welcome to the list.
    > <Its funny that this should come up, as I've just tried explaining
    >to one of my mates about the difference between God, the meme 'God', and the
    >meme of belief in God. I don't think I did too well in explaining it.>
    >Ah, the eternal question of classifying god in memetics terms. For many the
    >belief in god is the meme, for some the concept of god is the meme, for
    >others it is the instanciation of god through ritual and doctrine that are
    >the memes.

    I don't see any reason to make such fine differentiations. It is all minor
    variations on a theme of the big alpha male in the sky.

    >But of course, the Babel fish is a dead giveaway (sorry I've got
    >Douglas Adams on the brain, having recently purchased the DVD of the BBC TV
    >version of Hitchhikers).

    Now, the Babelfish, *that's* a meme. (Not to mention a software produce of
    a substantial company.)


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