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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of memes and their social and cultural effects.

[meme + -etics (as in aesthetics).]


(Biology) the study of memes and their transmission
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Memetics as proposed by Dennett, not to be confused with mimesis, uses evolutionary Darwinism to create a science of culture, quantifying culture in a manner similar to biological evolution.
28) Memetics and memetic warfare are used in the context of discrete ideas or units of culture being rapidly transferred to wide audiences, particularly over social media--that is, things "going viral" and their influence on cognition and behavior.
137) There is disagreement within the memetics literature as to what more one can say about memes and the degree to which they possess the properties of evolving organisms or map onto existing social scientific understandings of diffusion of practices, beliefs, and other cultural artifacts.
What Makes a Repulsive Frog So Appealing: Memetics and Fairy Tales.
Always embracing complexity, Stephenson populates his novels--from his breakthrough novel Snow Crash (1992) to the more recent Reamde (2011)--with concepts from mathematics, cryptography, computers, philosophy, history of science, memetics, Sumerian mythology, economics, robotics, nanotechnology, robotics, and the virtual world.
Improved the Convergence of Iterative Methods for Solving Systems of Equations by Memetics Techniques.
When evaluating the development of meta-memes, critics engaged in memetics (the science of memes' replication) must attend to mimesis (the process of imitation, replication, and mimicry).
The results of the current study converge with prior research on memes as a powerful force in human evolution, memetics as a means of studying human society, social practices of propagating "memes," and "memes" as inheritable units of cultural information.
This strategy is adopted by some versions of evolutionary epistemology and, especially, by memetics theory.
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".
Even though memes in popular culture are colloquially defined as internet fads, the science of memetics maintains that memes function through a kind of evolutionary impulse that seeks to ensure the meme's survival (Dawkins, 1989/2006).