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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
[coined by analogy with `gene', by Richard Dawkins] An idea
considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes
parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. Used
esp. in the phrase meme complex denoting a group of mutually
supporting memes that form an organized belief system, such as a
religion. This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the `hacker
subculture' meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme.
However, meme is often misused to mean meme complex. Use of the term
connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other
tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection
of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection
of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably
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