[Lurking mode off.]
> A "meme" is to "ideas" (or information, really) what a "gene"
> is to an
> organism. "Memetics" is the notion that information
> reproduces and evolves in a manner analogous to genes.
Ah, not quite. Rather, it is the notion that the manner in which genes reproduce and evolve form a good paradigm within which to view information--i.e. memetics is a model rather than a theory.
This is nitpicking, of course, but I have found that many people object strongly to the notion of ideas being described as (what they understand as) virus-like; informing them that memetics is merely a model to help clarify certain attributes of ideas usually calms them down :)
-------Casper Kvan Clausen------ | 'A *person* is smart. People are ---------<firstname.lastname@example.org>---------- | dumb, panicky, dangerous animals | and you know it.' | - "K" in Men in Black.