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

Richard Brodie (
Thu, 7 Nov 1996 12:33:41 -0800

David McF 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?

I don't get it. Is there any behavior that DOESN'T fall into this

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Do you know what a "meme" is?