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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is related to the study of self-replicating units of culture, not to be confused with mimetics . Memetics is a term coined by Douglas Hofstadter in the 1980s, relating to the notion of meme , introduced by Richard Dawkins , as genetics relates to that of gene . Memetics purports to be an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer . A Journal of Memetics was published electronically from 1997 to 2005. [ 1 ] History of the term
The theoretical foundations of evolutionary psychology are the general and specific scientific theories that explain the ultimate origins of psychological traits in terms of evolution. These theories originated with Charles Darwin 's work, including his speculations about the evolutionary origins of social instincts in humans. Modern evolutionary psychology, however, is possible only because of advances in evolutionary theory in the 20th century.
Memetic engineering is a term developed and coined by Leveious Rolando , John Sokol , and Gibran Burchett while they researched and observed the behavior of people after being purposely exposed (knowingly and unknowingly) to certain memetic themes. The term is based on Richard Dawkins ' theory of memes . The process of developing memes, through meme-splicing and memetic synthesis, with the intent of altering the behavior of others in society or humanity. The process of creating and developing theories or ideologies based on an analytical study of societies , cultures , their ways of thinking and the evolution of their minds. The process of modifying human beliefs, thought patterns, etc.
This article is related to the study of self-replicating units of culture, not to be confused with Mimetics . Memetics is a theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution , originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins ' 1976 book The Selfish Gene . [ 1 ] It purports to be an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer . The meme , analogous to a gene , was conceived as a "unit of culture" (an idea, belief, pattern of behaviour, etc.) which is "hosted" in one or more individual minds, and which can reproduce itself, thereby jumping from mind to mind.
A meme ( pron.: / ˈ m iː m / ; meem ) [ 1 ] is a term employed in certain theories of culture to refer to "an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture." [ 2 ] A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures . [ 3 ] The word meme is a shortening (modeled on gene ) of mimeme (from Ancient Greek μίμημα Greek pronunciation: [míːmɛːma] mīmēma , "imitated thing", from μιμεῖσθαι mimeisthai , "to imitate", from μῖμος mimos "mime") [ 4 ] and it was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976) [ 1 ] [ 5 ] as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena.