Re: I know one when I see one

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Fri 01 Nov 2002 - 21:20:56 GMT

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    On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 12:58 , wrote:

    > Selection and mutation happen mainly internally and cognitively, while
    > communication and transmission - that is, attempts at replication - is
    > an
    > external action function.

    Selection and mutation also happen in the transmission, and even in the performance. I have no idea whether or not anything in the mind
    'mutates' or gets 'selected' until I see a performance.

    And, again, even the performer is unaware, at all times, of the
    _actuality_ of his performance (as this is, as you pointed out, always a
    _future_ event, as the neural firings precede the muscular activations), regardless of skill level or interior preparation. (Yes, this bit of neurological news was the actual tipping point eureka kernel of physical fact that popped the whole pemetic model into view for me.)

    Rarely does anyone ever say, 'gee, that happened just as I thought it would', although that is not, with good controls, and/or elementary requirements for performance, unlikely. Cultures continue precisely because performances are likely to be close if not indistinguishable replications of the original, since the culture itself sets the requirements for the performance. But each performance is a new one, a different one, by a different self, in a different time and space. Cultures are, if nothing else and not illusory, the stage set and technical directions for performance.

    - Wade

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