Noelia (noelia_g) wrote,

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I remember someone on my flist wondering where does the term 'meme' come from... Don't remember who, though.

But now, thanks to my brilliant psychology book, I know!

Meme is a self-replicating cultural element of pattern or behaviour, analogous to a gene, but passed from one individual to another by imitation rather than genetic transmition. Memes are subject to inheritanceand evolution through a form of natural selection according to their likelihood, relative to the alternatives available in the meme pool, of being reproduced or multiplying. Typical examples are tunes, ideas, beliefs, catch-phrases, stories, hairstyles, clothing fashions, recipes, inventions, skills, traditions and theories.
(from Greek 'mimema': something that is imitated)


*off to exam. Wish me luck*
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