Re: virus: Memetic Tests

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 14:55:08 -0800 (PST)

> What examples do you have in mind for memetic predictions and tests?
> I agree that memes exist but I am not aware of any scientific tests. Some
> people claim to be Memetic Engineers, some write amusing books about what
> memes can do, but I would love to hear about some *empirical results*.

What about the entire history of linguistics? Cultural anthropology?
Evolutionary psychology? Memetics is an explanatory theory, a point of
view from which to examine these data, just the way genetic evolution is
a way of looking at and explaining the data of biology and paleontology.
I agree that little or none of the linguistic research to date has been
done from this point of view, but it would be a good exercise. For
example, it would be interesting to compare a linguistic map's pattern
of isoglosses to an epidemiologist's map of some competing pathogens.
Has anyone heard of such a study?

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