Re: Memes and Things

Hans-Cees Speel (
Wed, 27 Jan 1999 13:35:41 +0100

From: "Hans-Cees Speel" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 13:35:41 +0100
Subject: Re: Memes and Things
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> Some ideas on the perennial question:
> 1. The meme is not a thing, it is a relationship of similarity between a
> number of things. It is, in other words a statistical concept which
> classifies behaviour, artefacts or events in terms of their recurrence
> (their familiarity). This is the only way we can identify it or even speak
> of it.

In my book a meme is not just similar, but also a unit of heridity. If
this is not so, I do not call it a meme. Just my thoughts, but
important I think, if you want to stay in the evolutionary paradigm


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