Definition of memetics
- 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 Times, 20 Mar. 1999
memeticistplay \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 Kirk, Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2002