The Islamic Memeplex
Saif Rahman is an Activist, Consultant & Author of The Allah Delusion(http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Allah-Delusion-Humanism-ebook/dp/B009VJVT4M)
So how can Islam’s initial accelerated period growth during its first 1400 years be explained?
Dawkins coined the term meme from the Greek word
("something imitated"). It describes theway in which cultural traits and patterns evolve, spread and become normalised. As in the animalkingdom, only the most suited to flourish will survive.A meme is anything that can be copied from one mind to another. A catchy tune is a meme. The recipe
for your mum’s casserole as it passed through the generations is
a meme. Even the word "meme" is ameme, which has just made a copy of itself in your mind. A combination of memes is known as amemeplex, a self-ratifying complex more stable than single memes on their own.Do memes make people happier? Or more successful in life? Or have healthier children? No. Justbecause a memeplex is successful, it doesn't necessarily mean it serves our best interests.Dawkins likened memes to genes.A black widow spider eats her mate after sex. Kamikaze bees inject a suicidal sting into predators of thecommunal hive.As shown above, t
he female Nephila Komaci spider snaps off the male’s penis inside her so as to plug in
his semen and permanently ensure he never procreates with another female again!As you can see, a successful gene doesn't necessarily benefit the organism or its hosts. The genes makingup a deadly virus may kill millions of people and cause untold misery, but when it comes to the numbersgame, the virus is still an undoubted success.A memeplex can also use human lives in the service of its propagation, cold and indifferent to ourexistential plight. Religions are also a collection of beliefs passed from one person to another and comeunder the same umbrella as a memeplex. They were originally compiled in tablet form or consolidatedas Holy Scriptures, and now with modern printing presses can be reproduced in their millions.The earlier religious memeplexes had a "live and let live" attitude, and never encouraged its followers toconvert others. But then a rival with an added incentive arrived; spreading the memeplex allowed itsfollowers to earn bonus spiritual merit. They were saving souls and after a lifetime of sin, heaven hadsuddenly become a realisable goal. In other words, they had just won the Divine Lottery.