Talk:Memetics

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Particle Memetics[edit]

Has anyone heard of 'particle memetics'? Eschewing the gene analogy this theory takes an approach based on particle physics. It's an interesting idea which also pulls in ideas from other areas of physics such as quantum theory. Only I've not found much information on the web about it.

Is an intelligent blog discussion an encyclopedic source?[edit]

Self-published sources authored by experts may be used as sources in WP but how about a series of comments on a blog page by knowledgeable participants? I am referring to a discussion between Jeremy Burman and Tim Tyler, Was there a misunderstanding of memes? , in which they discuss Burman's recent paper, "The misunderstanding of memes: Biography of an unscientific object, 1976–1999". I suspect this source has been added (by JTBurman) to clarify points and address issues that are not addressed in the paper. The discussion is on topic and informative but it's informal and certainly not peer reviewed. Comments? Jojalozzo 03:37, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

You're right: I added it because it clarified something that seemed not to have been adequately expressed in the article. Yet the article itself, I should mention, was not self-published. It was peer-reviewed and published in Perspectives on Science by MIT Press. Because the discussion at Tyler's blog was directly about that piece, and because I have not yet written a follow-up article, I felt that its inclusion here would not be misleading. JTBurman (talk) 19:44, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

A house built on sand?[edit]

I expect this is a difficult article to edit.

Could the lead contain a brief paragraph or two to give an example and a general sense of the subject matter? Thanks. Wanderer57 (talk) 15:45, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

References[edit]

I've found refs from the 1990s: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]. Maybe we can use them here and on the meme article, since it looks like they don't use these refs yet. There's quite a lot of info. - M0rphzone (talk) 01:21, 30 November 2012 (UTC)

Truth[edit]

The article says: 'Memetics is also notable for sidestepping the traditional concern with the truth of ideas and beliefs. Instead, it is interested in their success.'

This may well be true, but it needs to be clarified what the 'tradition' is that is being sidestepped. Jamesthecat (talk) 02:13, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

What is this article about? I can't understand it. It seems to wander. It needs more good references. Soranoch (talk) 20:25, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Amongst many issues, NPOV and OR[edit]

Article abounds with NPOV and OR issues. Poorly sourced. There appear to be plenty of sources out there on the subject, so this page could be much more encyclopedic with a little careful attention. νημινυλι (talk) 02:53, 10 December 2013 (UTC)