Genes, Memes and “Temes”

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Memetics is a pet concept of mine. I have always argued in favor of it even when it went out of vogue. Susan Blackmore in this TED.com presentation makes an excellent argument for memes and her extension of memes, “temes” by cutting through the crap to the definition of Universal Darwinism:

  1. IF there is variation and
  2. IF there is selection and
  3. IF there is heredity
  4. THEN There MUST be evolution

Memes are cultural replicators.  They vary, are selected and are inherited consequently evolving.  On the horizon are “Temes” technological memetic replicators that no longer need genes.

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