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> Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 11:54:54 +0100
> From: Vincent Campbell <email@example.com>
> Subject: morality and memes
> Came across this definition of morality in a book about journalism (Klaidman
> & Beauchamp's 'The Virtuous Journalist') whilst doing something entirely
> un-memetics related the other day. They define morality as a set of
> 'culturally transmitted rules of right and wrong conduct that establish the
> basic terms of social life'.
Don't have a problem with this.
> Despite being an artefact-meme supporter, this piqued my interest. Can
> morals be culturally transmitted, if so, how? If so, are they memes?
Yes and yes.
> fundamentally are morals innate, or culturally produced?
My guess is cultural. Too many different kinds of behaviour that are
> If the latter,
> how/why do some spread more than others? Are what we perceive of as innate
> values, actually environmentally specific- which I mean in a way distinct
> from culturally specific
Probably a function of both. If we knew how they spread we would have a
working theory of memes :-)
>(e.g. isolated communities favouring polygamy due
> to a gender imbalance).
> I'm not sure what my own views are at this point in time, but it raised
> these questions in my mind.
> Any takers?
Need to think about it more.
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