Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id LAA27879 (8.6.9/5.3[ref email@example.com] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from firstname.lastname@example.org); Sat, 16 Feb 2002 11:23:36 GMT X-Originating-IP: [126.96.36.199] User-Agent: Microsoft-Outlook-Express-Macintosh-Edition/5.02.2022 Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 11:16:05 +0000 Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #952 From: Steve Drew <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Message-ID: <B893EFF4.email@example.com> In-Reply-To: <200202151919.TAA25137@alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk> Content-type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit X-OriginalArrivalTime: 16 Feb 2002 11:18:01.0882 (UTC) FILETIME=[98AF8FA0:01C1B6DB] Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Reply-To: email@example.com
on 2/15/02 7:19 PM, memetics-digest at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 10:44:24 -0800
> From: "Dace" <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: Words and Memes
> From: Steve Drew
>>>>> Which is why it doesn't make much sense to regard memes as
>>>>> tools. Ideas are tools. Ways of doing things can be thought of as
>>>>> tools. Memes spring up when the tools start running on auto-pilot.
>>>> I find it hard to separate ideas from memes.
>>> Then what's the point of invoking memes? Why not just refer to them
>>> as ideas?
>> With respect to the ideas / memes thing. I wouyld suggest that all ideas
>> are memes (or have some memetic quality) but that not all memes are
> Ideas become memetic only when they self-replicate. When they replicate
> through human intention, they're just ideas. Yes, memes can involve
> behavior as well as ideas. But if we equate memes with behavior and ideas,
> then we might as well just refer to behavior and ideas and forget about
> "memes." There has to be something that distinguishes some behaviors and
> ideas from others. When they're not only habitual but *culturally*
> habitual, then they constitute memes.
I was hedging slightly when i used the term memetic quality to cover ideas
that have not been propagated yet along the lines of the potential memes.
My point was that you cannot term all behaviours as memetic as not all
behaviours are learnt from others. Eg i did not need lesson in not putting
my hand into a flame as the pain reflex teaches me not to do it.
We cant limit memes just to ideas or behaviours as the ter, to my mind,
encompasses aspects of both.
This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Sat Feb 16 2002 - 11:37:45 GMT