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The Redefinition of Memes

Lissack M ...see all

Journal of Memetics Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission, issue 1 (2004) pp. 1-14

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Abstract

By redefining memes as efficient tools for evoking particular affordances to be attended to in situ, this article argues that the challenges Edmonds (2002) issued to memetics can be met. Such a definition is consistent with theories of niche construction. The indexical Dawkins created (meme=gene) has exceeded its carrying capacity and thus lost its efficacy. Worse, that indexical is evoking images and affordances which stand in the way of the memetics field making true progress. It is time to recognize that ontic status has been misplaced. Memes needs a new meme: meme as catalytic indexical. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

Author-supplied keywords

  • genes
  • heredity
  • knowledge
  • memetics
  • molecular biology
  • molecular genetics
  • theory

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  • Michael R Lissack

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