The mainstay of the paper is formed by an analysis of the relationship between memes and the human mind, the nature of the representational content that forms the basis of memes, and the memetic theory of language evolution.
The memetic theory claims that the only evolutionary "turning point" or "threshold" to be crossed is the ability to imitate (all you need for language to arise is a community of imitating creatures, or meme machines).
Memetic theory provides a framework for dealing with the most troubling social and military problems at the root causal level.
and its people that memetic theory is fully explored, if for no other reason than to develop defenses against foreign memetic attack.
is a master synthesizer, analyzing English Benedictine reform of the tenth century by way of memetic theory
It should be no ted that though the majority of this paper outlines a skeptical view of memetics, the goal is positive--to highlight ways in which memetic theory might better elucidate our understanding of language, culture, and the mind.
For example, he urges memetics to generate a memetic theory of conceptual change; attempt to reconstruct conceptual phylogenies in memetic terms; develop an understanding of the mechanisms of memetic transmission, especially regarding replication and relevant environmental interactions.
seems to imply that eventually memes that are not fit for a new environment will not be replicated.
I suppose that each of these might be formulated in terms of the memetic theory
, and indeed that Balkin would celebrate this openness to diverse social phenomena -- a form of methodological bricolage -- as one of the theory's most essential features.