Re: Memetics in Time magazine

Aaron Lynch (
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 15:07:03 -0500

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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 15:07:03 -0500
From: Aaron Lynch <>
Subject: Re: Memetics in Time magazine
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At 04:12 PM 4/19/99 +0200, Gatherer, D. (Derek) wrote:

The first of these articles mentions an assortment of Internet sites
concerning memetics. These include alt.memetics, the "Church of Virus,"
"The Meme Gardening Page," "Memes, and Grinning Idiot Press," etc. But it
does not mention JoM-EMIT or any technical/quantitative treatment of
memetics that might have preempted the charge of "cocktail party science"
leveled by H. Allen Orr (quoted by Kher) in the second piece. Perhaps it
was a simple oversight on Dawkins's part. Then again, perhaps he is in some
state of conflict about whether or not he wants memetics to be widely
viewed as serious science.

--Aaron Lynch

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