Meme

I’ve had a few people ask me ‘what exactly is a meme‘ recently.

Remember the ‘Shit ### people say’ videos?

So here’s the quick version

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins coined the term “meme” as a description for a “self-replicating unit with potential significance in explaining human behavior and cultural evolution.” They’re transmitted from mind to mind through writing, speech, gesture, ritual, or other means which can be imitated, replicated, mutated and implemented.

(Lifted from http://emergentbydesign.com/2012/05/03/birth-of-a-meme-the-rise-of-culture-tech/)

And if you have a little more time

Susan Blackmore on Memes

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf

Hopefully that clears it up….

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