Re: Cultural traits and vulnerability to memes

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Date: Sun Mar 17 2002 - 09:55:24 GMT

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Steve Drew <>
    > I agree we do react a lot of the time. Another feature that aids the
    > reaction time is by the construction of stereotypes which are cognitive
    > shortcuts in decision making.


    OK, I agree, but IMO, those stereotypes does not have to be ' chosen '
    by/ on a Darwinian bias. They just could be counted as such.

    > Yes it can. If your running on 'auto', then your reactions are those that
    > are hard wired, or constitute a repetitive learned behaviour. How you
    > in the environment as a result of these 'auto' behaviours is no different
    > any other creature. It is the thinking that separate us from animals. But
    > even then our active decisions are ultimately Darwinian in character.

    << Again, those ' auto ' behaviors can be counted as Darwinian charac-
    ters where in fact they are/ can be Lamarckian in origin.
    Those behaviors could have been intentionally be chosen as the best there
    was, and did became during the eons of time ' auto '- active behavioral
    traits. There is no way of telling what views lies at the bias for each be-
    havior/ habit possible. It all is conformity, conjecture and contemplation_
    our ancestors, and I agree under environmental keen/ pin pressures
    could have ' chosen ' the behavior what suits them best_ then, they
    become ultimately Darwinian in character seen by us.

    Jumping from bush to bush to evade predators was maybe the best way
    out on the savanne and nowadays the same thing is still in use ( soldiers)
    but there are only a few shrubs left. Does the auto than still apply !?



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