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

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    >>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.>

            The reason for differentiation all comes from whether you argue that
    memes can be beliefs, ideas, or artefacts/behaviours. Some think that all
    three are memes. Those of us in the last group though don't accept 'belief
    in god' or the 'idea of god' to be memes at all. They are already well
    described as beliefs and ideas respectively for us g-meme supporters.


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