Re: pls direct me to a memetics list <eom>

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    On Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at 01:57 ,
    <> wrote:

    > Personally I believe that we are better off
    > avoiding hot button topics like current events because different
    > cultures, political perspectives, and religious beliefs can lead to
    > different conclusions which is unlikely to lead a broadly
    > accepted theory
    > of memetics. I don't get particularly upset when I see diversions into
    > discussion of these areas because I think that it is something that
    > happens as a result of the open nature of this list. I'd
    > rather not see
    > it happen but I don't die when it does.

    So, the environmental divisions like regionalism and politics
    and local customs are sometimes too tangential to be reliably
    studied cultural artifacts and will not lead to broad theories?

    (And I do still, regardless of your reference to authority,
    think that chain letters are truly worthless, both as artifacts
    themselves, and as study material. But, again, that is my own
    personal bias, and if I were actively involved in memetic
    research, I would never use any chain letter analysis. Things
    that belong in the trash are just that. It is a uselessly
    circular analysis, chain letters, IMHO. But, who am I? Dawkins
    and your Goodenough must be good enough, eh?)

    - Wade

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