Meme

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A Meme [1] is an informational unit with associated processes. It operates on the conscious, coarse level of the human mind. It does not depend on any one single instance of a human mind but cannot exist without. Memes transcend whole communities and cultures, can be traced throughout societies and for thousands of years. There are several predecessors of the emerging "Science of Memes", one very old tradition is embedded in Buddhism, another one dates back to the old Greek. The most recent discipline emerged out of Susan Blackmore's treaty on "Memetics" (see references below).

Traditional western Third Person Science has as yet no grip on how to scientifically grasp the concept of a "Meme". To overcome this deficiency a traditional Third Person Science of "Memetics" will have to be complemented with metaphysical studies.

Wikipedia Article

Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics

Memetics is an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer based on the concept of the Meme. Starting from a proposition put forward in the writings of Richard Dawkins, it has since turned into a new area of study that looks at the self-replicating units of culture. It has been proposed that just as Memes maybe seen analogous to genes, Memetics might be seen analogous to Genetics.

References

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  • "The Meme Machine" [1] - A comprehensive introduction by Susan Blackmore
  • Memetics is an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer based on the concept of the meme. Starting from a proposition put forward in the writings of Richard Dawkins, it has since turned into a new area of study, one that looks at the self-replicating units of culture. It has been proposed that just as Memes are analogous to genes, Memetics is analogous to genetics.

[1] [Susan Blackmore has described the Meme in The Meme Machine