Re: Thoughts and Perceptions

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Fri Apr 19 2002 - 03:36:40 BST

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    From: "Richard Brodie" <>
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    Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2002 4:29 PM
    Subject: RE: Thoughts and Perceptions

    > Wade wrote:
    > <<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
    > them "discoveries."
    > As Wade says, though, truth is not a prime selector for memetic
    > transmission. When ideas get only one step removed from a place where we
    > test them easily, all the other forces of memetic selection begin to
    > operate: danger, opportunity, ease of understanding... all these transform
    > ideas as they are communicated like the children's game of telephone
    > (Chinese whispers for you Brits).

    I agree, but would like to add: 'beauty/attractiveness'.


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