Re: To have a mnemon

Bill Benzon (
Mon, 08 Jun 1998 13:39:28 -0400

Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 13:39:28 -0400
From: Bill Benzon <>
Subject: Re: To have a mnemon

Aaron Lynch wrote:

> I certainly have not claimed that anything like a full understanding of the
> human mind can result purely from the study of memes as Dawkins defines
> them. Neither has Dawkins.

What's at stake is whether or not those sorts of mentalist memes have any
meaningful existence at all. If they don't, then trying to study them is

And I fail to see the cognency of quoting Dawkins' definitions. As far as I can
tell, Dawkins has never undertaken the sort of rigorous and systematic
investigation that would give his definitions real force. He coined a term, a
very good one, and has made some interesting but fairly casual statements about
these memes as replicators. That's it.

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