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would that be the piece on scale-free networks? I'm far from a
mathematician, but, yeah, it struck me as offering a lot to memetics. It
also reminded me of 'The Tipping Point', and the author (I can't recall his
name), and his idea about key ("hub"?) people important to the successful
dissemination of ideas (he cites Paul Revere as one example).
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> The killer article for memetics is the one a few pages earlier on
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> > Has any one read the article in this weeks New Scientist (13/4/02, Vol
> > No 2338)?
> > For those that haven't Richard Coss thinks our transition from ape to
> > was kick started not only by leaving the trees, but also because rather
> > being the hunter, 5 million years ago we were the hunted. He argues that
> > hunting behaviour, social systems all result from the need to devise
> > defences against creatures the like of which aren't around today.
> > I find the idea quite reasonable as it provides an answer why did we
> > tool using. Whacking something with a stick or rock that is bigger than
> > has a better success rate than shaking a fist at it. As we become more
> > with bigger and better sticks we learnt to fight back which is a good
> > precursor to learning hunting. If you can clobber a sabretooth, a small
> > (say) becomes a feasible target.
> > Basically it was an evolutionary arms race with us trying to catch up.
> > He also argues for certain predispositions of an evolutionary psychology
> > nature. That is instincts that have become hardwired. In one test he
> > constructed a virtual model of some savannah and showed it to some
> > pre-school kids. He introduced a lion to the scene and asked the kids to
> > pick the safest spot from 3 choices: In a crevice, a thorn bush or on
> > a boulder. Only 1 in six chose the boulder which was the only safe spot.
> > definitive evidence I know, but the article does contain other
> > ideas and theories.
> > As has already been noted, in relation to language, he argues that
> > evolved from cries of alarm to a proto language exhibited by some apes
> > that distinguishes between specific threats through to language proper.
> > Interesting piece. It also notes that anthropologists are not at all
> > it.
> > Regards
> > Steve
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