Re: Is a meme a thing?

Jay Hanson (
Sun, 24 Jan 1999 13:16:06 -1000

From: "Jay Hanson" <>
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Subject: Re: Is a meme a thing?
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 13:16:06 -1000

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Mills <>

>So, there it is. Genes are not things, they are conceptual entities we
>use to create meaning from a chaotic sequence of DNA. They only exist in
>the context of cellular processes. Memes are analogous to genes.

Thanks to all for the feedback on my question. I had been thinking of genes
as "things", and couldn't understand how abstractions related to things. By
redefining genes as you suggest, I can bring them together in my mind.

I wonder, would "function" (a description of what it does) be better than


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