Re: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence

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    >Subject: Re: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence
    >Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 21:01:43 +0000
    >Hi Douglas,
    > > Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2002 21:57:15 +0000
    > > From: Douglas Brooker <>
    > > Subject: Re: FW: MD Dawkins on quantum/mysticism convergence
    > >
    > > Hi Steve
    > >
    > > Steve Drew wrote:
    > >
    > >> The tension between prescriptive and descriptive in the social sciences
    >is a
    > >> tension between the social and the science to my mind. The social to
    > >> interfere and change, and the science to observe, record and interpret.
    > >> is this any different from say, genetics?
    > >>
    > >> BTW, most social scientists i have encountered do not like memetics.
    > >>
    > >
    > > Have any offered any interesting reasons?
    >Not too sure if they count as interesting, more expected.
    >I was an undergraduate when i first brought the subject up with some of my
    >lecturer's, so they were fairly dismissive.
    >A part also related to the fact that we are very short on theory,
    >practicality and experiments etc (Good job physics and biology weren't
    >jacked in at the first hurdle!).
    >They don't like biology encroaching on their turf if it can be helped.
    >The final one is the oddest and that it seemed to me to be a fear of the
    >mechanistic view that could be implied from it. This was from structural
    >functionalists with Marxist theoretical leanings!

    I would call memetics a science in the process of becoming which is still
    searching for its first paradigm.


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