memetics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction me·met·ics \ mē-ˈme-tiks , mə- \

Definition of memetics

: the study of memes
  • Memetics sees ideas as a kind of virus, sometimes propagating in spite of truth and logic. Its maxim is: Beliefs that survive aren't necessarily true, rules that survive aren't necessarily fair and rituals that survive aren't necessarily necessary. Things that survive do so because they are good at surviving.
  • Los Angeles Times20 Mar. 1999

memeticist

play \mē-ˈme-tə-sist, mə-\ noun, plural memeticists
    • Some memeticists liken memes to viruses; others say they're closer to genes. [Robert] Aunger rejects both models. To him, a meme is more like a benign parasite that's incapable of reproducing without a host, the host being the human brain.
    • —Jay KirkWilson QuarterlySummer 2002

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First Known Use of memetics

1984


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