Re: electric meme bombs

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Wed 16 Oct 2002 - 22:37:41 GMT

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    On Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at 05:28 , wrote:

    > what would be for one of them an
    > instance of 'behaving' might well be an instance of something else for
    > any others

    Completely true in cultures, as well. (I could not grasp what seems to be your main argument.)

    > the kinds of behaviors that require the
    > previous internalization of a neuronal excitation pattern

    Any and all behaviors require this. How, in your model, can we find the
    'memetic' patterns?

    In 'something else' cultural situations, the meme would not be replicated, as no-one would have any clue what it was or where it came from.

    > The memetic performance of the song 'She's So Fine"
    > subconsciously mutated in George Harrison's brain into the
    > recognizable similar "My Sweet Lord"

    I'm in no way denying the similarity. I am denying the identity, or the meme-as-behavior-only model would. It is not that _a_ meme mutated, but that a melody was repeated in the _next_ meme in the chain. Some of the DNA was stolen, as an analog. Some of the parts of the transmission were taken from a Cadillac factory and used in a Dodge factory.

    > a doctrine of universal difference in the face of obvious and
    > ubiquitous token/type class set similarity.

    Unfortunately, I am not acquainted with token/type class sets, and cannot answer or defend or contend your statement, but, I think it is a false representation of my stance.


    As is that.

    - Wade

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