RE: virus: Re: The saga continues!

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 16 Sep 1997 10:38:36 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 16 Sep 1997, Wade T.Smith wrote:

> And OK, then, my question is, has anyone attempted to experimentally
> determine the existence of memes to anything close to the degree of the
> experimental determination (the proof) of genes?
> And why not?
> Others on the other memetics list (strangely quiescent recently) have
> asked the same question. To me, all 'memetic engineering' is useless
> without the mechanism, and more than futile academic hand-waving until
> such mechanism is actually found. Like some of us have all said, until
> then, it's marketing, advertising, brain-washing, politics, etc.... Until
> we have a rose to call a rose, whatever it is goes by some other name....

Can we use this forum to come up with such an experiment? (I tossed in my
two cents worth a couple months ago, you may recall) Should we start a
thread for just that purpose?

-Prof. Tim