Re: Systematics and Memetics:Towards a Memetic Species

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    On Sunday, February 24, 2002, at 12:57 , rmey4892 wrote:

    > Finally, I feel the need to point out one other point about memetic
    > species.
    > It may soon loose its usefulness as a concept since technology [snip]
    > will
    > allow for significant cultural exchange and soon render the term
    > useless.

    Local cultures are, in a very real sense, memetic species. Race is fast
    being recognized as impossible to find biologically, and most physical
    differences seem explainable through environmental and developmental
    mechanisms and conditions.

    Language is a main division, although difference there is also, IMHO, a
    local phenomenon. (We all _can_ have language. We can't have long necks
    or prehensile tails.) Music, especially the chromatic and tonic systems
    used, is another. For all intents and purposes, I consider religion
    irrelevant, since along with choice of transportation and fast food
    emporium it's more choosing whatever's handiest, if one is allowed to
    desire to choose anything at all- and that is not a species difference
    but a universal inertia.

    When we all of us discourse in english and listen to Yanni, or whatever,
    it will be a matter of plumage....

    - Wade

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