Re: Thoughts and Perceptions

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    On Thursday, April 18, 2002, at 12:31 , Philip Jonkers wrote:

    > Humans have a tendency to cling to non-sensical
    > systems that give them a sense of security, albeit of a false kind of
    > course.

    Totally true, abjectly enough.

    Science has found nothing to support any of the supposed mechanisms of
    astrology, more precisely.

    Thanks for prodding me.

    > Some, such as E = mc^2, even make it to
    > become known over virtually the entire human population. If that didn't
    > happen through memetic transmission then what else mechanism was
    > responsible?

    Here we have the problem of 'discovery' and of 'concept' again. If the
    universe has a basic working paradigm, such as, in our representation,
    E=mc^2, then it is _discovered_, and not created. Yes, the propagation
    of this discovery may be called memetic, but the discovery, and perhaps
    the representation itself, may not be.

    - Wade

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