Re: Standard definition

From: William Benzon (
Date: Wed 30 Oct 2002 - 22:46:48 GMT

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    on 10/30/02 4:33 PM, Jeremy Bradley at wrote:

    >> Wade:
    >> But really, in all my trips to museums, I always come away feeling that
    >> nothing has changed except the things we work with and the places we
    >> work. The processes are all the same and remain.
    >> - Wade
    > Jeremy:
    > That's right Wade
    > If the underlying cultural narrative remains the same, the underlying
    > elements of the culture are unchanging over extended periods of time. This
    > is why I have often suggested an examination of the 'might-is-right' meme,
    > as it has been discernibly prominent in the Western cultural narrative
    > since early Biblical times (and is a primary cause of the unchanging war
    > and pirates focus in museums). This is one of the elements of my narrative
    > inquiry, does the MIR meme feature in this story or not.
    > BTW Derek, the answers are quantifiable.

    Think also of music. Plainsong (Gregorian Chant) has been important in the Catholic liturgy for centuries. It was first written down in the 9th century C.E. (thus beginning Western musical notation, albeit quite crude), but had been around for awhile before that. Some scholars estimate that perhaps as many as a third of the chants were taken over from Hebrew liturgical music. These are old memes.

    Bill B

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