MEMES VERSUS TRUTH | DANIEL DENNETT EXPLAINS AFTER I DO

No ‘truth’ is contained within a MEME, merely a convention.

When an isolated tribe of humans die off, that which can be reconceived by strangers is TRUTH, that which is lost, was a meme.

‘Zero’ is a truth — Hindus, Mayans, conceived of this mathematical necessity independently.

All extinct languages, religions, recipes, stories, fashions etc were memes.

A meme is not a description of reality.

We need to teach our children this…  or even to understand memetics and to be capable of identifying it in our world.

Atheism is the identification and recognition of the presence of memetics in the world.

–rudhro

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Definitions of a “meme”

“meme” (mi:m), n. Biol. (shortened from mimeme … that which is imitated, after GENE n.) “An element of a culture that may be considered to be passed on by non-genetic means, esp. imitation”.

Oxford English Dictionary, 1998

“a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation”

Dawkins, 1976

“that which is imitated”

–rudhro

Starting with the simple tale of an ant, philosopher Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes — concepts that are literally alive.


[AUDIO – OTR] Why the meme of religion was invented by humanity

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