Re: I know one when I see one

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Wed 30 Oct 2002 - 17:06:39 GMT

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    >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.
    >- Wade

    My observations suggest there was a lot of culture before there was any history. Musical instruments are at least 50,000 years old but alphabets less than 10,000. Of course, there may be some I'm not aware of.


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