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Virus Of The Mind (The Book)

Has anyone read a book called Virus Of The Mind

From Richard Brodie (a former Microsofties)

I heard of the book a while back but dont have a clue on what's about.

What's a meme ?

Monday, September 15, 2003

A meme is a behaviour that gets copied and passed on.
Monday, September 15, 2003

More a concept or idea I think, than behaviour, though that could be my prejudice.

Simon Lucy
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Well, to pass on a meme you have to _do_ something: stand in a town square shouting; post on web bulletin boards; or just talk to an old friend. A meme that doesn't influence your behaviour just isn't going to get passed on.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

The belief that the earth is flat is a meme. So is the belief that the flow of time is different in different frames of reference. So is a preference for Mozart over Beethoven. So is the notion of a meme. Yes, they all affect how their bearers behave, but that doesn't mean they *are* "behaviours".

Gareth McCaughan
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

" The study of memes is called memetics."
Interesting! Thanks for opening up this topic. :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

How micro can we get? Can the belief that memes are behaviours or opinions or something else itself be a meme? Can posting to this thread be a meme? Can writing a post where every sentance ends in a question mark be a meme?
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

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