RE: virus: The One or the Many? (was: META)

Robin Faichney (
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 18:38:46 +0100

> From: David McFadzean[]
> At 08:26 PM 10/18/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:
> >Thanks for the refs, but while I rearrange my schedule
> >to make time for reading them, could you just give me
> >a very brief explanation as to why a fad is not a meme,
> >but an expression of one? Thanks alot.
> It is like the difference between blues eyes and the
> genes for blue eyes, phenotypes and genotypes. Why would
> you want to merge the two concepts in memetics?
Because they're not different things there?
This stinks of taking metaphors too literally,
to me.

Well, the, danger on the rocks is surely past;
still I remain tied to the mast...
Steely Dan

Actually, I'm beginning to suspect quite strongly
that whether memes are actually behaviour, or
something else, is not a well-formed question.