Replicator Quotes (2 quotes)
The notion that individualism came first runs against the very grain of cosmic history. grouping has been inherent in evolution since the first quarks joined to form neutrons and protons. Similarly, replicatorsRNA, DNA, and geneshave always worked in teams The bacteria of 3.5 billion years ago were creatures of the crowd. So were the trilobites and echinoderms of the Cambrian age.
We need a name for the new replicator, a noun that conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. 'Mimeme' comes from a suitable Greek root, but I want a monosyllable that sounds a bit like 'gene'. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme. If it is any consolation, it could alternatively be thought of as being related to 'memory', or to the French word mκme. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'.