From: Wade Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed 30 Oct 2002 - 16:51:32 GMT
On Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at 09:20 , Bill Spight wrote:
> And how does this transfer happen?\
Person A performs meme A. Person B observes Person A and performs meme B.
> But all performances differ. What is transfered?
The fact that all performances differ is not self-evident in all memetic
theories, although they are, of course, and that is a groundwork to the
behavior-only theory. As to what is transfered, take your pick- ideas,
thoughts, implications, inferences, physical motions, social
conventions, what precisely the information that actually gets
transfered is open to great and limitless analysation.
There is no reason to assume anything gets transfered, really, only that
that there are similarities to Meme A and Meme B. Transference is a
meaning-related condition and can be part of an understanding of the
performance, but no understanding of any meaning is _demanded_ by the
performance-only theory. Culture happens when alphabets happen.
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