Re: testing memetics

Mario Vaneechoutte (
Fri, 12 Dec 1997 16:38:01 -0800

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Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 16:38:01 -0800
From: Mario Vaneechoutte <>
Subject: Re: testing memetics

Robin Faichney wrote:
Robert Grimes (I think)
> > > P.S. If someone has the source for the bird/bottle experience please
> > let me know as I'm still looking through my library...

> > Maybe the story itself is a meme, but it probably is a true story. The
> > instances that I have read or heard about it, the story was about tits
> > knowing this trick.

> The story itself has to be a meme, or at least a meme-complex, no?
> If you believe in memes of any sort, I never heard a definition that
> would exclude any story.

Well, my excuses for this lapse. I did define memes differently (See: ). Just to say that
meme has been used to include only some stories: untrue stories like
superstitions, religions, jokes which spread basically for emotional

However, since everyone keeps using meme in a more general way, I
usually stick to this generally used 'definition'. Only this time I used
it in the manner I think of it often. It just slipped my mind.

Mario Vaneechoutte
Laboratory Bacteriology & Virology
Blok A, De Pintelaan 185
University Hospital Ghent
Belgium 9000 Ghent
Tel: +32 9 240 36 92
Fax: +32 9 240 36 59

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