Re: electric meme bombs

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Fri 01 Nov 2002 - 11:17:23 GMT

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    On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 05:32 , Van oost Kenneth wrote:

    > there is obviously something going on in the brain

    No argument. There is something going on in the brain of the spider, as well, as it makes its web.

    > Emotions and feelings are part of the quotation, your innerworld is con-
    > stantly changing due to such influences....

    Yup. I fail to see why anyone thinks the bemetic model is ignoring this. It ain't. Constant change, internal and external, as Heraclitus told us thousands of years ago, is what it is.

    > Only in cases [where] you have an audience !

    - can culture continue. Yup. You betcha! That _is_ the bemetic model. What the brain is doing, well, we don't really know that, do we? Why the hummer is humming, well, we don't really know that, do we? Is there a meme in his head? We don't know that, either. But, feel free to put one there if you want.

    It's just that, you need to _do_ something with it that someone else sees, in your shared space and time.

    > What if noone bothers !?

    Cultures can disappear, just as their bemes do, regularly.

    Memesinthemind haven't even appeared.

    And, I'm only calling it a 'beme' because no-one is willing to let me call it a 'meme'. It is nevertheless the culturally quantal unit involved with memetics theory. (I'd prefer to call this observed cultural performance a meme, but, seems some people are reserving that for, hmmm, perhaps a catchphrase, or perhaps some mental pattern, or, hmm, perhaps an ideology....)

    - Wade

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