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

Martin Traynor (
Thu, 7 Nov 1996 14:10:21 +0000


On 6 Nov 96 at 10:37, David McFadzean wrote:

> 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?

Someone voiced the concern that these may be mistaken for typos. I
would add that the potential for confusion becomes even greater when
speaking. Perhaps megene or gemene? Weak I know but short of a
completely new term it's the best I can come up with.

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