Re: Thoughts and Perceptions

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Date: Fri Apr 19 2002 - 01:28:04 BST

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    Dear Richard,

    > <<As for truth making a meme more fit, Richard has a very good take on
    > that, and, as I'm sure he'll agree, it's a fallacy at best....>>
    > I think Dennett's idea of "Good Tricks" is the midway in this carnival
    > sideshow we're having. Some concepts are so naturally developed from the
    > nature of reality that we cannot help but form them eventually. While they
    > can still be transmitted memetically to be sure (after all, didn't we all
    > learn about Newton's Laws in school?), they are so clearly true that we call
    > them "discoveries."
    > As Wade says, though, truth is not a prime selector for memetic
    > transmission.

    Fitness and transmission are two different questions. (Although related,
    obviously.) I agree that truth has little to do with transmission. It
    has to do with the question of survival.



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