menes or gemes? (was Re: virus: Martyrdom)

David McFadzean (
Wed, 06 Nov 1996 10:37:33 -0700

At 01:00 PM 06/11/96 +0000, Martin Traynor wrote:
>self-preservation meme/instinct (BTW, is there a term for the grey
>area between memes and genes? i.e. where a tendency is partly due to
>the nature of the human beast and partly due to their memetic makeup).

I haven't seen a term for it, but I was searching for one in a recent
post about language. I believe this could be an important areas of
inquiry, and an illucidation of the concepts could prove to be a
very valuable contribution to the field of memetics. In the absence
of established terminology perhaps we should invent some. An obvious
possibility is to just combine the words for the two concepts:
which do you like better mene (menetics) or geme (gemetics)? I have
a slight preference for the former. Any other suggestions?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus