memes and bird-song

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Subject: memes and bird-song
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:25:14 +1000
In the book "Richard Dawkins - How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think"
(Oxford University Press), a couple of dozen writers each contribute an

Robert Augner (Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Public Health, London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) in his "What's the Matter with Memes?"
writes (p 178):

    "...the meme idea has spread throughout both 'highbrow' and popular
culture, being used in a variety of ways by different disciplines or
interest groups.  For example, changes in the frequency with which the birds
in an area sing elements of their song has been studied by animal
behaviourists as a kind of 'population memetics' (by analogy to the study of
changes in gene frequency in population genetics)."

Can anyone help, please, with references for relevant published material?





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