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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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