Re: virus: Memohazard (?) Symbol

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Mon, 24 Mar 1997 18:42:17 -0800 (PST)

> Even the redoubtable coiner of the term would be hard-pressed to call it
> a 'hard' science.... I mean, wouldn't that mean you could _show_ me one?

Nonsense. I can't show you a gene either, but I can make mathematical
models of them, and point to their effects. I can point to the very
real effects of memes too: languages, foods, lifestyles. I could
chart the spread of a meme like, say, use of lemon grass in cooking,
exactly the way I might trace the spread of a pathogen. The science is
young, so there is little objective raw data, but it will come.

> And why _memo_ hazard? The only memo hazard I know about is getting one
> on a Friday afternoon....

By analogy to radio- and bio-. Ideo- would be OK, I guess, but I
kind of like the unobvious pronunciation of memo- (which I would
pronounce with a long e).

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