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Memes for (my) life

Date written Apr 13, 2021
Date updated Last updated: May 3, 2021
Filed under Mass Media in cult

  • Origins of the Meme
  • (My?) Life

Origins of the Meme

The term "meme" first appeared in the book The Selfish Gene (1976) by Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist. While reading A Thousand Brains (2021), I was quite surprised to learn that the term predates the internet era.

It was meant to describe something that evolves and replicates, just like a gene, but through culture instead of biology. While I've now come across this concept without having been named in more than a few books, it fascinates me every time.

(My?) Life

"Me & My Research", inspired by this tweet

"Standing on the shoulder of giants" here