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Memetics

meme /meem/ /n./ [coined by analogy with `gene', by Richard Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. Used esp. in the phrase `meme complex' denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organized belief system, such as a religion. This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the `hacker subculture' meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme. However, `meme' is often misused to mean `meme complex'. Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons.
Meme Book Store
Get you meme books circa 1999 here and support memes.org via Chris Abraham
Memetic Lexicon
The Memetic Lexicon is a work of genius by Canadian Glenn Grant and may very well be the first really insightful work into memetics and the surrounding theory and philosophy. I discovered this lexicon in the early 90s but then published it onto memes.org in 1999. Enjoy. I still take most of my understanding from this Memetic Lexicon.
The Jargon File
Eric S. Raymond wrote and maintains this for us, his online community. It's part The Elements of Style "Strunk & White" and part "Etiquette for the modern world" but for Geeks, Nerds, Phreaks and Coders. Enjoy!

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