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    • What is a Meme?
    • Meme An idea that, like a gene, can replicate and evolve.
    • Meme A unit of cultural information that represents a basic idea that can be transferred from one individual to another, and subjected to mutation, crossover and adaptation.
    • Meme A cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one generation to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation); “ memes are the cultural counterpart of genes”.
    • Meme origins The term and concept of meme is from the 1976 book by Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene .
    • Memeticists Though Dawkins defined the meme as “a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation,” memeticists vary in their definitions of meme.
    • Memetics The lack of a consistent, rigorous definition of what precisely a meme is remains one of the principal criticisms leveled at memetics, the study of memes .  (from the Wikipedia)
    • Susan Blackmore little bits of knowledge, lore, habit that seem to spread themselves using human brains as mere carriers
    • Replicators Earth now has three replicators: genes (the basis of life), memes (the basis of human culture) and temes (the basis of technology).
    • Internet Meme Refers to a catchphrase or concept that spreads rapidly from person to person via the Internet, largely through Internet-based email, blogs, forums,  social networking sites and instant messaging.
    • Teme Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive
    • Arteme   What about artemes (artificial memes - but really they are no more artificial than we are).
      • Thank you to:
      • Susan Blackmore
      • http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/Chapters/cosmos2008.htm
      • The Daily Meme
      • http://thedailymeme.com