Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Bill Benzon (
Mon, 14 Sep 1998 06:45:46 -0500

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Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 06:45:46 -0500
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

At 9:45 AM 9/14/98 +0200, Mario Vaneechoutte wrote:

>> The child is having thoughs and images, but they aren't memes. They're just
>>thoughts and
>> images.
>Well, it is a matter of definition. Some, like Dawkins, would call these memes
>and actually it is
>one of the earliest definitions. The community of memeticists does not seem to
>agree about what
>should be called a meme.

But, can't one say that a meme is to culture as the gene is to biology and
then look for it? If that's what you do, then it is my belief that you
aren't going to find memes inside people's brains. It's one thing to define
memes by saying that "those things there" are memes. It's a bit different
to define memes by asserting that they must play a certain role in an
evolutionary story.

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