How now brown cow? Photo by Mike Sula, from The Chicago Review
A meme ( /ˈmiːm/; meem)) is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” 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.
In order to explore the question of how new cultural memes spread throughout a society, it’s instructive to study some history. For instance, how did drugs like LSD become so popular during the 60s.
From Stephan Dinan in the Washington Times:
Photo via Bloomberg News The FDA headquarters stand in Silver Spring, Maryland.
“A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area. Continue reading
Here’s a story from Dr. Kevin Barrett, excerpted from a recent post on “The Canadian”. It’s titled “Twilight of the Psychopaths“:
New York city police department mugshot of Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon (1980).
““Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” – John Lennon, before his murder by CIA mind-control subject Mark David Chapman
When Gandhi was asked his opinion of Western civilization he said it would be a good idea. But that oft-cited quote, is misleading, assuming as it does that civilization is an unmitigated blessing.
Civilized people, we are told, live peacefully and cooperatively with their fellows, sharing the necessary labour in order to obtain the leisure to develop arts and sciences. And while that would be a good idea, it is not a good description of what has been going on in the so-called advanced cultures during the past 8,000 years. Continue reading