Date: Wed 30 Oct 2002 - 18:26:50 GMT
> On Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at 12:41 , Bill Spight wrote:
> > If you have a theory based
> > on performance, then you need to explain the principal phenomena of
> > the field in terms of performance.
> Of course- any theory of performance needs to explain principal
> phemomena of performance, but no performance itself depends in any way
> upon a theory about it nor upon any description of any sort about it.
> There are many theories of _how_ to perform- physical, behavioral,
> sociological, artistic, cognitive, even memetic (!), but, the
> performance came before any theory of it, just like all of nature.
> Culture is part of human nature. Human nature is not a 'how'.
> Or, perhaps, culture _is_ only a theory. I'm betting it is part of
> human nature, and the performance-only hypothesis of cultural
> transmission allows all the other theories of performance their due.
> _Why_ a person performs meme A, or even _how_, is not important to the
> behavior-only hypothesis.
> But the behavior-only stance is the _only one_ that allows for
> non-identical performed and observed entities (momentary memes) as
> groundworks, and, yes, all things in nature are not identical, at
> least in the macro world in which culture must dwell.
> Every other hypothesis demands a meme that is somehow intact and
> lasting, like some impossible germ.
But an intact and lasting meme is exactly what is necessary to explain multiple token performances of a behavior type; and the locus in which such an entity may reside is one's meme-ory. The thought is parent to the action, and logically and empirically prior to it.
> - Wade
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