Memetics vs. History Of Ideas

Shai Ophir (
Sat, 14 Jun 1997 13:25:19 +0300

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From: Shai Ophir <>
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Subject: Memetics vs. History Of Ideas
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 1997 13:25:19 +0300

Hello memetics,
I admit I am new to this area. However, can anyone explain me in a few
words what is the difference (if any) between memetics, and the history of
ideas (such as analyzed by Lovejoy for example, in his book "The Great
Chain of Being"?)

Can memetics explain historical phenomena and changes in cultural ideas in
a way that could not be explained before?

I am not trying to reduce the value of memetics, I am just trying to
understand the potential of this new way of looking at things. and I really
hope it can brings us something new!

Shai Ophir

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