Re: i-memes and m-memes

Robin Faichney (
Tue, 31 Aug 1999 16:54:35 +0100

Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 16:54:35 +0100
From: Robin Faichney <>
Subject: Re: i-memes and m-memes
In-Reply-To: <>

In message <>, Wade T.Smith
<> writes
>>What is a "memetic artefact"? The
>>memes are the song similarities that occur due to imitation.
>Well, the artefacts used in a Rossini overture are violins and bassoons
>and cellos.... The imitative facility of a bird is not part of this
>argument- the ability to enlarge this imitative capacity is. And I, for
>one, just don't think the birds got what we got, and never will.

But Wade, this list is for discussion of memetics, not "what makes us
special". Nobody else here cares about your little pet project. To the
best of our present knowledge, birds do host memes, and by any
definition I know (but especially those that mention memes) have a
culture. So it's not like our culture. So what? Who thought it was?

Robin Faichney
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