--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "sparaig" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "authfriend" <jstein@> wrote:
> >
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, new.morning <no_reply@> 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > http://www.stnews.org/books-2847.htm
> > > 
> > > Excerpts
> > > 
> > > The idea of memes falls short
> > > 
> > > Here is what I consider to be the strongest of these models in 
> > detail
> > > — the "meme," which is a hypothetical cultural or intellectual
> > > replicator. In this model, religions might be memes that infect 
our
> > > brains. They are not necessarily parasitic but could be 
symbiotic,
> > > conferring advantages on those who are infected.
> > 
> > I've always assumed the "meme" was purely conceptual,
> > a way of thinking about the transmission of ideas, but
> > this material seems to indicate that the meme is
> > considered to be an actual entity of some kind--of what
> > kind, I have no idea.  Am I misinterpreting?
> >
> 
> It's an entity in the same way a software virus is an entity.

That's one hell of a lot more concrete than I thought
a meme was.







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