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From: "Dace" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Words and Memes
> >Which is why it doesn't make much sense to regard memes as tools.
> >Ideas are tools. Ways of doing things can be thought of as tools.
> >Memes spring up when the tools start running on auto-pilot.
>I find it hard to separate ideas from memes.
Then what's the point of invoking memes? Why not just refer to them as
>And how can the person who picks up a new meme have it running on
>autopilot as soon as he picks it up? Or wasn't it a meme he picked
When you assume the validity of ideas without genuinely examing them,
it's not so much that you've picked up the ideas but that they've picked
> >That which is everywhere is nowhere. The term means nothing when it
> >refers to everything.
>Since they are part of every cell in every living thing and ubiquitous
>throughout the surface of the earth, genes are everywhere and yet we
>find the concept to be most useful and applicable. Why are memes any
Genes have a well-defined boundary. They can't be equated with any old
thing. They're not "everywhere" in the figurative sense.
With respect to the ideas / memes thing. I wouyld suggest that all ideas are
memes (or have some memetic quality) but that not all memes are ideas.
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