RE: memes and dancing

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 19:01:15 -0800

From: "Richard Brodie" <>
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Subject: RE: memes and dancing
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1999 19:01:15 -0800
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<<Standing outside the box, I see no need to explain culture as anything
more than behavioral adaptation. Birdsong, if you will, taken to the
complex arena humans have available.

Such is where, I think, E. O. Wilson and others are going with this.
Memetics, so far, to me, just looks like a re-definitional dance, and
while it may tone a few good muscles, I don't think it is a required

Marketing directors of Internet companies are making their stockholders
billions of dollars by using memetics. "Viral marketing" -- deliberately
engineering self-replicating word-of-mouth advertising -- is creating huge
customer bases for new companies at low cost with earth-shattering
effectiveness. See for my
recent Meme Update on the subject.

Richard Brodie

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