Re: Shakers

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sun Apr 28 2002 - 14:52:41 BST

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    >Subject: Shakers
    >Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 04:18:46 -0400
    >New England Shaking Brethren....memes didn't transfer across generations
    >genes certainly did not. Amish do, but that because they breed. Thoughts as
    >to why memes cannot carry withou genes in this case?
    The environment into which memes are born is constantly changing. In some
    cultures it changes more slowly and seems to mirror the slowness of genetic
    change. When people are making a point of using the tools of their
    ancestors, there is less need for them to develop new ones. They don't
    exose themselves to the forces of change inherent in movies, television,
    books, cars, television, etc., etc. So their pace of change seems to mirror
    that of genetic change. But what you have is a deliberate attempt to hold
    back the pace of change and the refusal to take up the new tools that are
    being developed all around them.


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