In message <000001beba56$202063e0$c1243fce@rb4010>, Richard Brodie
>Frankly, I think I know more about memes than the editors of the OED. Their
>definition, in line with Dawkins's original proposal which he later refined
>to be in line with mine, is so vague as to make the word useless for
>scientific purposes. It is becoming clear that there may be more than one
>cultural replicator. All of the book-length published works on memes that I
>know of use definitions similar to the one I used. Dawkins, Dennett,
>Blackmore, and Plotkin all agree with me on this. Meme is used to refer to a
>cultural replicator that "lives" in the mind. I used the term "virus of the
>mind" to refer to cultural replicators that are external. We may need
>several different words, but at this point the definition of meme is settled
>except to a few vocal contributors to email lists. The OED may or may not
>catch up with this established scientific use.
"Established scientific use", eh?
Quote from Controversies in Meme Theory, N Rose, Journal of Memetics, 2, 1998, http://www.cpm.mmu.ac.uk/jom-emit/1998/vol2/rose_n.html:
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