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If you think about it … a word is a meme. How do you install a meme? Well, the first time the kid hears it, it’s just a sound. The second time the kid hears it, it’s a somewhat familiar sound and maybe there’s something about the context that’s the same. The third time the kid hears it, a little bit more. Pretty soon, by a process of gradual installation, a structure gets established, a little tiny micro-habit in the brain, which is then available to be exploited in various ways and, of course, not always well.

In a fantastic conversation from The Edge, philosopher Daniel Dennett considers why language is the greatest meme of all – an idea he has advocated for decades. (via chels)
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She felt very old and mature and wise - which showed how young she was.

Montgomery, L.M.. Anne of the Island. (via wordsnquotes)
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