Re: re.Cultural Evolution (units of analysis)

t (Mark_M_Mills@pc2000dfw.com)
Fri, 13 Jun 1997 15:27:51 -0500

From: <Mark_M_Mills@pc2000dfw.com>
To: memetics@mmu.ac.uk
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 1997 15:27:51 -0500
Subject: Re: re.Cultural Evolution (units of analysis)

Alex,

I've gone through your post and reduced your 5 points to the following:

1. A meme is a piece of matter shaped in a particular form at any given
moment in time and space.
2. This piece of matter has no 'meaning' outside the cultural process it
performs within.
3. This piece of matter has a genealogy of previous replicas, but is
itself inert.
4. This piece of matter is replicated by the cultural process it performs
within, new replicas are subject to natural selection.
5. This piece of matter is a bit or fragment of a larger set of material
shapes and forms required by the system within which it is replicated.

Does this twist your meaning unfairly?

Mark

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