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--- Philip Jonkers <email@example.com> wrote:
> > IMO, this is a major memetic extinction, right there. I really want
> > see how you can explain calling widespread destruction of cultures
> > associated memetic contents, as "evolution".
> Allow me. Evolution knows three elements: variation, retention and
> The latter implies a redundancy of that what has to be selected. That
> there are too many entities running for selection. This is where
> in, a fate beset on those entities who don't make it to be selected.
Your argument is invalid.
It doesn't work if a catastrophic event destroys most of the genetic
material needed for variation in the first place. What we are talking
about is not a selective pressure on some culutures/languages - it is a
universal destruction of a huge number of cultures/languages done for
the short term economic profit of a few. Yes, after long enough time,
we are bound to have a bunch of new languages/cultures. Since cultures
seem to evolve a order of magnitude (at least) faster than biological
systems, we are bound to get to the current diversity level in a few,
what, tens of thousands of years?
Of course, this is asuming that historical trends in the rate of
culture change do not break in near future.
I think that what is happening today is a huge loss. Since I come from
one of those "small insignificant and obsolete" language/culture
groups, you could say that I am subjectively biased.
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