It does boggle my mind that that egotistical dickwad came up with it, but perhaps this is why he's kind of an egotistical dickwad? 🤔
@Sven and Otar, he may be an egotistical dickwad, but I could still watch him roast religious zealots all day.
@Sven and Otar, how did he come up with it? I always just figured it came from the French word “meme”, which translates to “same”
@Scuzzinator, He made it in reference to “the selfish gene” where a meme is a kind of social gene
@Sappy Poop Stain, he does far more damage to atheism than benefitting it and his arguments, while zingy, aren't nearly as good or well-constructed as Sam Harris and others who actually study argumentative logic and make far tighter arguments in general and doesn't rely on scientism.
All in all, he's a lot of funny bark (ngl, man can make a decent joke), very little substantive bite for anyone actually serious about the matter and abrasively egotistical to the point really the only people who like him genuinely are edgelord militant atheists. No shade, that was me to a T between 18-21yo, but there's no doubt that all genuine fans of his are basically just that crowd
@Scuzzinator, theprofprofessor is correct
@Scuzzinator, It’s from his book The Selfish Gene. He wanted a word to help describe how ideas can evolve as they move through people, generations, and societies. It combines “memory” and “gene” but he wanted it to be one syllable so “meme” was the result. Although this was the 70s and he did not foresee internet memes and last I checked he wasn’t fond of the word being used to describe them. Good book
@Authee, you are correct. He wasn't thrilled about the use of the term in it's present context.
Funny that a so called boomer created the name for the anti boomers big invention
I bet it annoys him that a term he intended to use to (re)describe the concept of zeitgeist is now pretty universally accepted to mean a photo or photo array with or without a caption that describes an idea or emotion.