Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Meaning of Meme

Following on from the previous post, I have discovered what Meme means, thanks to
dictionary.com, which tells me that

Meme = 'A cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes'

It was coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 from the greek /mimeisthai/ which means 'to imitate/copy'.

Presumably then, your worldview or culture is your 'memetic makeup'?

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