Is “meme” a new “idea”? Reflections on aunger

Biology and Philosophy 20 (2-3):585-598 (2005)
Abstract
Memes are an idea whose time has come, again, and again, and again, but which has never really made it beyond metaphor. Anthropologist Robert Aunger’s book The Electric Meme is a new attempt to take it to the next stage, setting up a research program with proper models and theoretical entities. He succeeds partially, with some contributions to the logic of replication, but in the end, his proposal for the substrate of memes is a non-solution to a central problem of memetics
Keywords 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies
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