Tuesday, November 09, 2004

'Meme' as Defined by Wikipedia

A meme (rhymes with "dream", but comes from memetic and memory) is a unit of information that replicates from brains or retention systems, such as books, to other brains or retention systems. In more specific terms, a meme is a self-propagating unit of cultural evolution, analogous to the gene (the unit of genetics). The term was coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins in his controversial bestselling book The Selfish Gene. Memes can represent parts of ideas, languages, tunes, designs, skills, moral and aesthetic values and anything else that is commonly learned and passed o­n to others as a unit. The study of evolutionary models of information transfer is called memetics.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

That was surely memetics, if I ever saw memetics before!

November 9, 2004 at 12:22 PM  

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