Is Memetics Needed? [Was : A Drosophila etc]

Dr I Price (
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 06:34:15 -0400

Date: Mon, 23 Jun 1997 06:34:15 -0400
From: Dr I Price <>
Subject: Is Memetics Needed? [Was : A Drosophila etc]
To: "" <>

Tim or Martha

>This boils down to saying that memetics does not seem to be *necessary*
way Mendelian genetics was necessary for explaining particulate
inheritance. Now, the staunch theorist of memetics will hold that memeti=
offers a better or more plausible explanation for known phenomena that it=
alternatives, but so far no one has been able to define the criteria for
being a better explanation.<

Don't know whether I count as a staunch memticist Tim or Martha but I agr=
memetics is not *necessary* the way a Mendelian particle was necessary. I=

do suggest

1. Memetics offers a unifying paradigm for all sorts of observations of
selection processes at work in cultural domains

2. The meme as autonomous self-interested replicator helps us understand
why the organisations we think we create do not always behave the way we
might like them to.


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