From: Van oost Kenneth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 17 Oct 2002 - 19:54:47 GMT
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From: "Bill Spight" <email@example.com>
> Aunger is consistent about identifying memes in terms of networks of
> neurons. I'm not sure what he means by a configuration, nor am I sure
> that he is sure. But he is fairly clear, elsewhere, that memes are
> defined by function rather than structure. A state has certain
> behavioral correlates, but its reproduction within one brain or within
> another brain does not have to reproduce the same neuronal structure.
For what it is worth,
That sounds like Aunger is taking on a more individualistic view on
memetics than a ' collective ' one !
My point of view exactly, memetics is bounded to individuality and
therefore in a sense part of the humanistic level of nature.
It holds within the sense of a bildung- ideal, not reproducing the
same neuronal structure within one's brain holds differences and
therefor individuality !
> It is possible, I think, to represent such a meme as a network of
> prototypical neurons and synapses, each of which plays a certain role or
> performs a certain function, but which is realized differently in each
> concrete instance. Such a network cannot be identified under the
Each situation asks for a different approach which is in terms complete
different of those of other people, each ' slight- off ' / unbalance of
what is memorized as a specific situation is followed by a slight- off,
different solution resulting in a different behavior.
My stance completely, we have to look at the individual, not at
culture/ society as a whole.
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