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meme (meem) noun

A cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.

[Greek mimeisthaito imitate, copy; coined by U.S. biologist Richard Dawkins in his book "The Selfish Gene" in 1976.]

"But what will protection do to the rivals of these invading memes? Isolation, as repeated biological instances show, is not always helpful to an organism." The perception is that American television is a virus, Independent, 17 Feb 1996.

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If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. -Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)


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