From the anthology Biopoetics it reads, “The eye of the octopus is amazingly similar to the eye of a human yet rose independently in evolution.”
Richard Dawkins invented the word “meme” and in his book The Selfish Gene he offers examples; tunes, catch-phrases, ways of making pots or of building arches, but not octopuses. Something of comfort about that natural exclusion.
Daniel Rancour-Laferriere writing in Biopoetics indicates that “The range of human behaviors which may be termed imitative is enormous.”
At the beginning of the chapter, Daniel quotes one of my favorite lines from Jonathan Swift’s A Tale of a Tub, “Books, the children of the brain.” As with children, literature is evolutionary. The most entertaining become meme.