I didn't see your post until this morning, Tom. Sometimes if people are posting like mad new posts get pushed down fast and then...poof gone.
I was reading another thread in the Study and found your meme question. I am a lover of memes and what they can do, they're so easy and so subtle and so slippery.
What does Dawkins say about defining a meme?
The other gal is Susan Blackmore, she studies consciousness and that's where the memes are. I'm going to have a look at the latest literature and see what's new on the subject.
Implanting memes is interesting. For instance:
1. A teenager brings a boy home to meet her mom and her mom considers him unsuitable--she rages she screams she forbids her to see him she calls a plague on his house.
2. Same scenario: Mom feels boy is unsuitable lifts her chin, regards him for a moment, says "Hm...", turns and leaves them alone.
Same meme projected differently--he's not good enough
. Which one does the teenager take more seriously?
And memes are not just words they're notes of music and works of art & what you see on the way to work in the morning. Whatever bends you this way or that, what ever changes you a little or a lot. Interesting stuff and primal. In the beginning was the meme.
Here's a definition from Wikipedia:
is a relatively newly-coined term that identifies ideas, behaviors or
styles that spread from person to person within a culture. The concept comes from an analogy: as genes
transmit biological information, memes
can be said to transmit ideas and belief information.
A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural
ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to
another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable
phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues
to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.