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Great memes cartoon wins
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There are lots of websites dealing with
memes but many are completely confusing, some downright misleading,
and some total rubbish. I have listed here those that I find useful, roughly in
the order in which I would recommend them to people who want to learn
about the scientific study of memes and the field of memetics.
Principia Cybernetica - part of this
project deals with memes and the site is maintained by
Includes reliable definitions and discussions, links, academic papers
and Glenn Grant's memetic lexicon.
Journal of Memetics: Evolutionary Models
of Information Transmission -
The only journal devoted entirely to memetics. Includes a history of
memetics and bibliography. The old
journal closed in 2005 but still maintains an archive of its papers.
The new incarnation of JoM
includes new papers and general information on memes.
- This is Richard Brodie's site "the center of the world of
memetics", with FAQs, a free newsletter, lots on viruses of the
mind, and useful links.
Publications on the Web -
The best source for scientific and academic papers, sadly no longer up to
date (goes up to 2002).
Dictionary - includes definitions, history, evolution and other
topics such as memetic engineering.
Wikipedia - as usual for Wikipedia, a
thorough overview for both
Church of Virus -
"a memetically engineered atheistic religion" using memetics
to build a new, rational religion and answer such big questions as
what does it all mean and why am I here? With sins, virtues and
saints, as well as books and links.
- Definitions, articles and books for sale.
A system based on the work of Clare Graves that uses memes
terminology but in a completely different way from Dawkins's
original idea. The
are explained on their site.