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Hey, did you know the word "meme" was coined by Richard Dawkins? It comes from the Greek mimeme which means "that which is imitated".

From his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene: “I think that a new kind of replicator has recently emerged . . . It is still drifting clumsily about in its primeval soup, but already it is achieving evolutionary change at a rate which leaves the old gene panting far behind. Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain, via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation.”

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Best meme post ever!!!! Of all times!!
And not that they are even all that good, but just so perfect. Dawkins is The Man!!

scurry Level 9 Sep 7, 2019

@altschmerz Thanks! I've been a little busy with "real life", but things should start to calm down soon. 🙂


How could someone come up with the meme concept before the internet?

Lol. Crazy, I know.
But back in the day we used to photocopy memes to pass them on.
I'm sure they existed before photocopiers too. 🙂
Jokes and stories are just memes by a different name.


I had no idea !!! I am screen shot the whole post so I can show to my meme freaks basketbal kids / league if I get to coach again this fall ! This is great !!! Thank u !!!

Pralina1 Level 9 Sep 6, 2019

Richard Dawkins is one of the greatest scientists of our age. Definitely on a par with Stephen Hawkins.

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