From: Van oost Kenneth (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 19:40:32 GMT
----- Original Message -----
From: "Grant Callaghan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> You also have a choice about what to do about your anger. Kennedy used
> as a tool to thwart his political enemies. He could just as easily have
> punched one of them in the nose, but that would be counter productive.
> Instead, when that person came to him for a political favor, he just
> declined to give it.
> Memes don't MAKE you do what you do about things like anger. They memely
> place limits on your available responses. You won't do what you can't
> imagine doing. You have a store of learned responses that cover almost
> every situation you are likely to encounter. The more of them you learn
> more options you have to choose between. The brilliant man is one who is
> able to come up with a good response for something he has never
> before. The stupid man is one who lashes out automatically without even
> thinking of what might be the best response. The martial artist develops
> and practices resonses to every situation he is likely to encounter. In
> most cases this is a winning behavior.
Grant, that is to say in the case you agree with the notion of a free will !
I stand more in the other camp, the area where memes are in control, they
only limit " my " avaible responses in order to get best/ better ways to
propagate themselves. The stored learned behaviors are just such ways.
The choise is theirs to make.
Remerber, memes let us do/ let us act in ways by which we can die, in
most cases, moreover in all cases memes are the winners.
For us, we will end up agreeing in disagreement !
This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)
This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 19:28:10 GMT