Re: what are memes?

Wade T.Smith (
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 20:25:38 -0500

Subject: Re: what are memes?
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 20:25:38 -0500
From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
To: "Memetics Discussion List" <>

>I see what looks to me like evidence of memetic transfer in animals we might
>easily consider without consciousness. (Birds, for instance.)

Birdsong is, IMHO, explainable through the mechanisms of genetics and
behavioral adaptation. _If_ one desires to call behavioral adaptation by
the overarching appellation 'memetics' then, OK, I see something there.

But, I still don't see a unique mechanism for which a meme is required.

- Wade

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