Re: electric meme bombs

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 05:21:35 GMT

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    On Wednesday, October 30, 2002, at 06:28 , Richard Brodie wrote:

    > I don't see how [the behavior-only stance] either explains or predicts
    > anything.

    And I don't see how it can fail not to. Once a pattern of behavioral similarity is established, predictions about the nature of the next behavior can be made. It would all seem pretty matter-of-fact to me. Trying to find motivational similarities (like profiling serial killers) would seem pointless, if not overtly errant, as they have proved to be.

    But, like in all weather-prediction models, the actual behaviors are somewhat, if limitedly, predictable if enough data is observed.

    We don't need to know whether the wind wants to blow this way or that, but, we can, with some degree of success, discuss the probability that it might blow in a certain direction, at a certain time. Pointing to motivations or ideas behind behaviors is not an analysis of the actual behavior.

    I don't see how the meme-in-the-mind model either explains or predicts anything.

    Ah, well.

    - Wade

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