From: Wade Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 20:08:57 GMT
>> you absentmindedly hum it in their presence
> Sounds like behavior to me.
It sounds like behavior to me because you have an action. Humming. It is
a beme because you have an audience.
> If a song is cycling in your head your behavior will have been
> for example you can walk " funny ".....and noone will ever know why !
But they are seeing you walk funnily. They will not know why. They might
assume epilepsy, or some congenital defect, perhaps an ill-set fracture.
They might also ask you why you are walking funnily. And you might then
perform the song for them out loud, and you all go walking funnily down
the street, humming, whistling, singing, diddly-deeing.
At any rate, you're all behaving, and you all are observers of each
other. All the conditions for cultural transmission are in place. Beme1,
beme2, beme3, 4, 5, and 6 are funny walks down the same street.
Someone in their window thinks the bus from the crazy farm let out a
You're having fun.
Environment, behavior, continuance. All is there. No memes in the brain
needed. No way to tell what they are, anyway.
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