Replicator Definition

Erm, there seems to be lot of disagreement here. Two views that kept popping up were:
a) Dawkins’ idea that a hen is an egg’s way of making another egg, and
b) Daniel C. Dennett’s extension of that view into meme territory, the idea that scholars are libraries ways of making more libraries.…

Meme Definition

There’s a bundle of stuff about memes to sift through. There’s already a scholarly journal on memetics (the study of memes). Anyway, starting at the beginning, Richard Dawkins was the bloke who first started the meme meme rolling. He talked about them in his book The Selfish Gene, but in his next book The Blind Watchmaker, he defines a meme as

“[A] pattern of information that can thrive only in brains or the artificially manufactured products of brains, books, computers, [etc.].

Mr Carlyle

As a far better man than me has pointed out, the most notable bit of every phenomenon is always the beginning. That is, however hard this is to believe, it’s, erm, downhill from here.

Thomas Carlyle