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Just as selfish genes group
together for mutual protection, so whenever memes can propagate better
as part of a group than on their own they form co-adapted meme complexes,
or memeplexes. Memeplexes include languages,
religions, scientific theories, political ideologies and belief systems
such as acupuncture or astrology. Like memes,
memeplexes spread as long there is some reason for them to be copied. Some
are true or useful, others are copied despite being false.
These vast memeplexes, with
their varied means of propagation, form the very stuff of our lives. Yet
there is one memeplex, perhaps the most powerful of all, that we readily
overlook. That is our own familiar self. Like other animals, we have a
body image--a plan of our body used for organising sensations and planning
skilled actions. We also have, as some other animals do, the ability to
recognise other individuals and understand that they, too, have desires
and plans. So far so good--but now we add the capacity to imitate, the
use of language and the word "I".
- Susan Blackmore -
_Meme, Myself And I_
As A Meme