RE: implied or inferred memes

Bill Benzon (
Tue, 21 Sep 1999 23:36:49 -0400

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Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 23:36:49 -0400
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: RE: implied or inferred memes

At 10:12 AM 9/22/99 +1000, John Wilkins wrote:

>The Cathars were growing at a rapid rate - as I recall, they had over
>50% of the population in some regions. My point was that they would have
>eventually reached a plateau, and would have ended up losing
>population-share until the failure to breed was balanced by the
>attraction of new converts.
>But e'en so, the fact that Catharism was ended through massacres and
>persecution is a case of cultural memes dominating biological ones as

However, Catharist doctrine is believed by some scholars to have influenced
medieval conceptions of love and to have settled in the diverse body of
customs, poetry, and song associated with courtly love. If so, then Cathar
memes live on even this day.

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