RE: i-memes and m-memes

Gatherer, D. (
Thu, 02 Sep 1999 10:51:17 +0200

Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999 10:51:17 +0200
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: i-memes and m-memes
To: "''" <>

But to return to the irony-free issue,
> the question
> is "what replicates?" To state that everything is a potential replicator

No, replicatee. It can be memetically replicated by an observer. There are
no memetic self replicators.

Well, that is a separate issue. I know some memeticists prefer
'replicandum' or some other usage to 'replicator'. I don't.

[concerning what are replicators] We want to know what is actually the case,

I'm telling you what is actually the case.

No, all you have said is that everything is a meme, which is not true.

Not potential, but prospective.

So what's the difference? I want to know: what is the replicator in
cultural evolution? Is it a brain entity (Dawkins B) or is it a rougher
notion of cultural artefact/behaviour etc (Dawkins A). Tell me what is the

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