RE: information transmission

Richard Brodie (
Sun, 21 Mar 1999 20:43:31 -0800

From: "Richard Brodie" <>
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Subject: RE: information transmission
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 20:43:31 -0800
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Mark Mills wrote:

<<b) genes are things, memes are things: Brodie and Benzon probably come
closest to this view.>>

Genes and memes are both concepts, useful if they help us make useful
predictions. For instance, you can predict that a child taught that success
depends on hard work and disciplined study, and who then goes on to work
hard and study in a disciplined way, will go on to pass that teaching on to
others (probably regardless of whether she considers herself a success in
the end). That teaching is a meme. It influences the child's behavior in
such a way that the child passes the meme on to others.

Richard Brodie
Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme"
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