From: Wade Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 20:30:11 GMT
On Thursday, October 31, 2002, at 12:53 , firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> But do we know NOTHING of what we are going to do before we do it?
> This is what the behavior-*only* stance requires.
Does it? I don't see that it does. I don't see that at all. Of course we
know a great deal about what we are _planning_ to do. We might even
prepare every square inch of surface we are about to act upon, much like
a stuntman will do before a fall. No good driver enters a race without
driving, or even walking, the course prior to getting the first flag.
Actors block out every step in rehearsal. But, even the best laid
> If what you say is true, language - as a system that is learned and
> competence in which is internally retained beween performances -
> would be an impossibility.
Hmm. I don't see that as a conclusion the bemetic model demands, either.
But, are you saying that this internal retention is, by definition,
memetic? Why do you call a spade a shovel? We know language is a human
There is nothing in the bemetic model which denies memory or learned and
retained skills. Nothing.
But, there is also nothing in the bemetic model that wants to call
memory or retained skills anything else, or compand them into another
structure called 'meme-ory' or anything else.
My point about spoonerisms was that, if one could perform with perfect
utility all that one developed in thought inside one's head, (which I do
see as a demand of your model- that we think and then manifest, in
toto), then no-one would make an unintentional mistake.
And even if your model allows for error in manifestation, it still
demands this intact 'res' inside a brain and some improbable means of
getting it into another. And I still fail to see any reason to put it
there, or try to get it out and into something else.
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