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March 04, 2013

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Could it be that athiest and renowned biologist Richard Dawkins, who coined the first use of memes, was actually seeking a word that could be an alagory to the concept of evolution and through common usage give meaning to the concept of information sharing on a genetic level thereby having tangible impact on both the sender and the receiver?

Memes was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976)[1][5] as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases, fashion and the technology of building arches.[6]

I think that might very well be the case. The conversation has moved past Dawkins however and, at least the ones that interest me, are in the fields of sociology. It is an interesting concept. What is it about us (mankind) such that cultural institutions/mindsets/group-think can have such a compelling hold on us. I encounter it every day when I see the world of the Scriptures and contrast it with the world about us. It's not just that people are sinners, it's also that the "forces" of society perpetuate us in our sin. I have to think about this some more and maybe "muse" about it at a later time. If you ever want to discuss it over a cup of coffee/b'fast let me know.

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