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

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    > On Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at 05:08 , Steve Drew wrote:
    > > It is a message who's sole excistance relies on "copy me or
    > > else!"
    > And upon superstition, and leisure time, and social standing, and a
    > postal service or other distribution, and perhaps a hundred other
    > motivations and forces none of which will be, ever are, or could even
    > be
    > investigated or corrected for.
    > IMHO such studies are useless. They are only valid as meters of
    > academia's distance from practicality.
    > - Wade
    As opposed to a discussion of why religious fundamentalism spreads among
    Moslems or numerous other hot button topics you frequently participate
    in. Clearly none of the factors you have mentioned above cloud or muddy
    the precise analysis engaged in here.

    Neither the cladistic nor the population distribution analysis I
    suggested need necessarily get into those motivations. They would simply
    catalog relations among letters and population frequencies, leaving
    causal analysis for another time. Such studies would produce useful
    information much in the same way that a classification and population
    distribution analysis of related species need not immediately get into
    why speciation occurred or the reasons for differences in population
    distribution. Check 'Reconstruction of organisational phylogeny from
    memetic similarity analysis: Proof of feasibility' by Andrew Lord and If
    Price in the September issue of the Journal of Memetics for an example.
    I suspect that chain letters could be much more objectively classified
    than religious denominations.

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