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What is a Meme?

meme (n.) 
1976, introduced by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in "The Selfish Gene," coined by him from Greek sources, e.g. mimeisthai "to imitate" (see mime), and intended to echo gene.
We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word même. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. [Richard Dawkins, "The Selfish Gene," 1976]

"We are not in charge, the replicators are."  - Susan Blackmore

Memetics is the study of the workings of Memes: how they interact, replicate, and evolve.

Memetics deals with the topic of Memes, Mind Viruses and Designer Mind Viruses. Although there are many schools of thought on how a Mind Virus works, the essential and contemporary teachings of the relatively new field of memetics include the work of Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, Susan Blackmore, and Richard Brodie.

Memetics provides new insight into the way our minds, societies, and cultures work.

Rather than looking at the development of culture as a sequence of ideas and discoveries that build upon one another, what would it be like to view culture as a meme pool, where the ideas in our heads are shaped and transported by various forces, including Mind Viruses?

How many of these viruses are already with us? Are they helping or harming us? Can we control them, or has the genie been let out of the bottle and like a the first Computer Virus, cannot be put back in the bottle and the damage undone? Can our enemies create new ones and infect us with them?

Russell Wright of Theme Zoom LLC and Epimemetics LLC was the first to map out the Epimemetic (Dopameme) Hierarchy that is quickly growing into a movement, a science, and a philosophy. Inevitably, this work will be presented at the TED conference for further collaboration and cultural inception. The philosophy of Epimemetics and "Epimemetic Global Awakening" is perhaps one of the only integrated scientific systems in development presuming to combat an ever growing army of unconscious replicators spreading at the "Speed-of-Web": Epimemetics is a collaborative and evolving science of memetic velocity and conscious replication that draws upon over a dozen scientific disciplines. This emerging discipline necessarily includes the participation of some of the greatest minds and iconoclasts of our time.

Solution: Also See Epimemes and Epimemetics
Solution: Also See Iconoclast
Solution: Also See Dopamine
Solution: Also See Gregory Berns
Solution: Also See Russell Wright
Solution: Also See Theme Zoom

Also See Network Empire's Content Curation Course - Cash Micro-Content Curation, Syndication and Publishing at the Speed of Thought

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