virus: RE: All = gene + meme ?

Aaron Lynch (
Sun, 04 Aug 1996 15:42:52 -0600

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>From: David McFadzean[]
>Sent: Thursday, July 18, 1996 9:26 AM
>Subject: virus: New memetics book
>FYI. Has anyone seen any advance reviews?

Thank you for your interest in THOUGHT CONTAGION. Because it has not yet
been released, it is too early to read the reviews. It will, however,
bear the following 2 jacket endorsements:

"One of the most important new ideas of our times is that of "memes"
--the vision of ideas as autonomous entities, leaping from brain to
brain in much the way that viruses leap from body to body, spreading
and replicating and "infecting" the population of "hosts". This
catchy metaphor has become increasingly powerful and deep, and Aaron
Lynch's book is in the vanguard of efforts to clarify it and make it
vivid for lay audiences. The very meme of "memes" is thus taking hold
and spreading through the human ideosphere, and it is my hope that "Thought
Contagion" will be a primary vector in this global epidemic. Luckily
for us potential hosts, it is both benign and fascinating."

--Douglas R. Hofstadter

"When I get down to writing THE SELFISH MEME, Aaron Lynch's admirable
THOUGHT CONTAGION will undoubtedly be a prime source book for intriguing
examples and penetrating analyses."

--Richard Dawkins

I have also posted a table of contents and book description at


>>Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 00:03:24 -0400
>>Subject: Follow-on to last e-mail
>>Dear David,
>>Aaron Lynch's book is titled Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads Through
>>Society and is scheduled to be published on October 1, 1996 by Basic Books.
>>Amazon will have it for $22.50.
>>Ron May