Re: Genes versus Memes

Julia Elizabeth Smith (JESST2@VMS.CIS.PITT.EDU)
Wed, 9 Feb 1994 18:05:00 EST

in sci.anthropology. While memes are an interesting idea, I find
operationalizing the concept incredibly difficult. Are all ideas memes?
If not, how do we determine which ideas are memes? If we cannot answer
these questions, then the notion doesn't get us very far. If the answer
is that memes are ideas which involve self-propagation, then that just puts
the question back another step. What ideas include "self-propagation"?

Julia Smith
University of Pittsburgh