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A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Sunday, November 13, 2005

What are memes?

Memes, which generally function as a kind of questionnaire which a blogger fills in and then 'tags' other bloggers to complete have been circulating the blogosphere for years and some of them are quite popular and indeed fun. Others are less so...

In a discussion with two scientist friends tonight, they happened to talk about memes in physics and I finally had an idea what the word 'meme' meant! They called it a "cultural idea that is repeated and passed on." That seems to encompass some of the qualities of blogger memes.

Wikipedia actually has quite a comprehensive article on memes, as does this site. Here's another great site that explains more about memes and their importance. Fascinating!

Anyway, I'm glad I now know the origin and meaning of the word 'meme'. I never quite like using a word and not knowing what it means!


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