RE: i-memes and m-memes

Gatherer, D. (
Thu, 02 Sep 1999 09:05:00 +0200

Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999 09:05:00 +0200
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: i-memes and m-memes
To: "''" <>

>But part of my thesis is
> that there
> >are _no_ internal memes, so proving that would make me at least half
> >entirely wrong.
> Depends what you mean by "internal memes", though, doesn't it? What do
> you think of the examples I gave of the relevance of the brain to
> memetic explanations?

"Internal memes"? How about just calling them *thoughts*?

No, for 2 reasons:
a) because, then my thesis would be "there are no thoughts"
b) because there is a (fairly) precise definition of the Dawkins B meme as a
replicating unit of brain information (perhaps) associated with some
externally observable behaviour or other cultural artefact. That isn't just
a thought.

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