Memetics

Memetics is a theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution, originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins' 1976 book The Selfish Gene. It purports to be an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer.

The meme, analogous to a gene, was conceived as a "unit of culture" (an idea, belief, pattern of behaviour, etc.) which is "hosted" in one or more individual minds, and which can reproduce itself, thereby jumping from mind to mind. Thus what would otherwise be regarded as one individual influencing another to adopt a belief is seen—when adopting the intentional stance—as an idea-replicator reproducing itself in a new host. As with genetics, particularly under a Dawkinsian interpretation, a meme's success may be due to its contribution to the effectiveness of its host.

Memetics is also notable for sidestepping the traditional concern with the truth of ideas and beliefs. Instead, it is interested in their success.

The Usenet newsgroup alt.memetics started in 1993 with peak posting years in the mid to late 1990s. The Journal of Memetics was published electronically from 1997 to 2005.

Read more about Memetics:  History of The Term, Criticism, New Developments, Terminology

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Memeticist - Criticism
... It has been proposed that just as memes are analogous to genes, memetics is analogous to genetics ... Memetics has been deemed a pseudoscience on several fronts ... or incorrect." Luis Benitez-Bribiesca, a critic of memetics, calls it "a pseudoscientific dogma" and "a dangerous idea that poses a threat to the serious study of ...
Memeticist - History of The Term - Internalists and Externalists
... The memetics movement split almost immediately into two ... was that internal brain entities are not observable, and memetics cannot advance as a science, especially a quantitative science, unless it moves its emphasis onto the directly quantifiable ... The debate became so heated that a 1998 Symposium on Memetics, organised as part of the 15th International Conference on Cybernetics, passed a motion calling for an end to ...
Memetics - Terminology
... it has achieved a state of stable symbiosis with the host." Memetic Equilibrium – refers to the cultural equivalent of species biological equilibrium ...
Biocultural Evolution - Relation To Other Fields - Memetics
... Memetics, which comes from the meme idea described in Dawkins's The Selfish Gene, is similar to DIT in that it treats culture as an evolutionary process ... One difference is that memetics' focus is on the selection potential of discrete replicators (memes), where DIT allows for transmission of both non-replicators and non-discrete cultural variants ... Memetics as a label is more influential in popular culture than in academia ...
Memeticist
... Memetics is a theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution, originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins' 1976 book The Selfish Gene ... Memetics is also notable for sidestepping the traditional concern with the truth of ideas and beliefs ... The Usenet newsgroup alt.memetics started in 1993 with peak posting years in the mid to late 1990s ...