RE: virus: Meme, the Underlying Cause

Tadeusz Niwinski (
Wed, 01 Oct 1997 17:06:27 -0700

Wade wrote:
>Robin wrote:
>>Memes are not mysterious forces controlling anything, just a useful
>theoretical construct
>>that allows the analysis of culture on an evolutionary model. And the
>observable aspect of
>>culture, the one that's amenable to a scientific approach, unlike thoughts,
>is behaviour.
>>Memes are behavioural abstractions.
>That is as close as I can get as well. (I tend to call memes cultural

Genes are also abstractions, patterns which replicate. Can they be the
"underlying cause" when memes are not?

Regards, Tadeusz (Tad) Niwinski from planet TeTa (604) 985-4159