Re: Aristotle was a Memetician

Bill Benzon (
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 07:17:06 -0500

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Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 07:17:06 -0500
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: Re: Aristotle was a Memetician

>Rhetoric and Memetics have a lot in common, and the comment made that
>Aristotle (one of the first rhetoricians) DID use the concept of memes in
>his theory, not just implicitly but also explicity.
Which is, alas, why I harbor doubts about memetics. I was trained as a
literary theorist and moved to cognitive science because I wanted something
with more intellectual rigor. Now I find an aweful lot of whats done in
the name of memetics looking like good old literary criticism & rhetoric.
There is terminological aspiration to science, but memetic analyses seem
like lit crit under different terms. Why do astrology when astronomy is

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