The "mind virus" meme

Ken McE (
Sat, 21 Mar 1998 10:41:04 -0500

Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 10:41:04 -0500
From: Ken McE <>
Subject: The "mind virus" meme

levy@Oswego.EDU wrote:

I suppose convincing arguments could be made that memetic engineering
of culture is possible and that a science of influencing the memetic
evolution of society is possible.

Dear Levy,

Not only are these things possible, they are perfectly common. They do
not label themselves as being memetic organizations or meme wranglers
because they predate the word meme. The reality is much older than the
word. Politics, religion, ethics, and advertising would be some
examples of applied memetic engineering.

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