Re: Memetics: The 10 Suggestions

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Sun Jan 09 2000 - 11:31:23 MST

Ross A. Finlayson <> wrote on Sunday, January 09, 2000
2:43 am,
> Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > "Ross A. Finlayson" <> writes:
> > > I appear to have drifted, the subject of this e-mail is about
> > > memetics thus memes. Visually, the word "memes" looks like it could
> > > be pronounced "mee mees" when it is pronounced "meems."
> >
> > I always think of the word as shouting "Me! Me!". They are small
> > self-referential critters, those memes.
> I only did as I wrote the above, and a few times before that, yet not
> within six months of first ever reading it, and more times since reading
> as written above.

Aarrgghh!!! I have never read the word "meme" as "Me-Me"....

until now.

Now, I can't get it out of my mind. Reading the Extropians list, every time
I run into the word it looks like "Me-Me". It is very irritating. I think
I have been infected with a "Me-Me" meme. This appears to be an anti-"meme"
meme. It causes me to have a derogatory reaction to the word "meme". It is
most effective. It may have destroyed my respect for the word.

Am I alone, or have I unwittingly spread this anti-meme to other brains? Is
this an epidemic of a destructive meme? Do we need Norton Anti-Meme to
screen our e-mail to block out harmful memes that could infect our brains?

Harvey Newstrom <>
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