From: Bill Spight (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 20:12:46 GMT
> > Bill:
> > Language and other knowledge is hierarchically organized. As for
> > language, I think that all of the -emes are memes: phonemes, morphemes,
> > lexemes, sememes. However, the higher up we go in these hierarchies, the
> > more abstract we get, the further from the senses, the less likely I
> > think it is that things are transmitted *as a unit*, and the less likely
> > that the entities on those levels are individual memes.
> Wouldn 't we get a better/ the best/ THE MEME on top !?
Maybe so, but I don't think that's what happens, as a rule.
> After all, if we could give meaning to a complex behavior in ONE
> word ( lets say walking) is this than so abstract that we can 't get
> it transmitted " as an unit ", and in the same token wouldn 't that
> be one single meme !?
That does happen, doesn't it, on occasion? But in the transmission the
full meaning is rarely transmitted as a unit. People end up with
half-baked notions that way. ;-)
I mean to discuss such matters in terms of lexemes, but somehow I have
been getting sidetracked. Goal: post said discussion by Saturday.
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