The Virian Lexicon
E to H
EARWORM: "A tune or melody which infects a population rapidly." (Rheingold); a hit song. (Such as: "Don't Worry, Be Happy".) (f. German, ohrwurm=earworm.)
EPIPHENOMENALISM:(vl) The doctrine that mental processes are caused by brain processes.
EPIPHENOMENON:(vl) A secondary phenomenon caused by another.
EPISTEMIOLOGY:(vl) The study of infectious knowledge. [from epistem(ology + epid)emiology] See memetics. (neologism due to Duane Hewitt.)
EXO-TOXIC: Dangerous to others. Highly exo-toxic memes promote the destruction of persons other than their hosts, particularly those who are carriers of rival memes. (Such as: Nazism, the Inquisition, Pol Pot.) (See meme-allergy.) (GMG)
GOD:(vl) An entity possessing omniscience, omnipotence and perfect morality.
HISTAMEME: See vaccime. (Morgan)
HOOK: The part of a meme-complex that urges replication. The hook is often most effective when it is not an explicit statement, but a logical consequence of the meme's content. (Hofstadter) (See bait, threat.)
HOST: A person who has been successfully infected by a meme. See infection, membot, memeoid.