The Selfish Gene - Deleted Scenes

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Where does the word 'Meme' come from and how has it evolved?

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  • TUCKERLP2032 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    The more you know

  • DinoBenn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    I'd say it's sad to think that Richard Dawkins' most lasting achievement is being the man who coined the term "meme", but the dude's a pretentious jackass and a poor scientist to boot, so I don't think I'll ever find myself losing sleep over it.

    • Zachrionalpha FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zachrion

      2 months ago

      Charles Darwin actually coined the word first, they got this wrong

  • joules FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    We actually discussed this in my Biochemistry research group a few weeks ago. Its fascinating.

  • AceofAces007 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    This probably should have been in the original documentary since it really describes what a "meme" really is and how it perpetuates since it is very much like viral genetics. The success of a meme is its ability to generate discussion and/or replication and/or remixing as the original idea evolves, and the longer it generates that discussion, the farther it spreads. Whether it stays the same or changes is up to the people passing it along, like a giant game of telephone until it becomes something completely different, like Pepe the Frog suddenly becoming associated with racism despite that not being the original meaning.


    I think current tone of memes are the way they are because entertaining memes are the ones most likely to replicate, and simplified humor is easy to process and digest. We want to laugh. We want to see things cool or funny, even if it's at the expense of some abstract person (maybe even especially at the expense of someone else as a "Hey, at least I'm not that guy" situation), and we also want to see more realistic situations taken to funny extremes. I also think that with the political climate being what it is today, memes that attach themselves to hot topic current events skyrocket in terms of focus, especially if, in an attempt to be entertaining, they parody and/or lampoon current events (hence Harambe and anything related to the election). These are just the things on our minds, so seeing it randomly pop up on the Internet resonates with us, and that resonation is what induces us to spread it along.

    Basically, memes are the DNA of the internet, and the successful memes are the ones that end up contributing more to the grand scheme of what the internet offers us on a daily basis by tapping into what's on our minds.

  • Negretespare FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nick

    2 months ago

    OG meme lord Dick Dawkins is a boss!

  • CrazyBacon64 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 months ago

    You know who else made laws to counter problems? Hitler.