Re: I know one when I see one

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Sat 02 Nov 2002 - 04:14:53 GMT

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    On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 09:25 , wrote:

    > You have learned, aand cognitively retain,
    > the ability to sidewise balance as you travel forward.

    Indeed I have learned to balance and ride a bicycle. Did that at 8 years old. Humans come equipped with balance. Remember falling twice. Never did get on a tightrope, though, attractive as it once looked to me.

    > That's a meme

    So you say. I say it's a skill. It's also fun. Skill and fun beat meme.

    > it is internal

    Some of it is. It is a skill of the body, that's for sure. But, that body is supported by a machine. Pretty external, that machine. In fact, it's hanging in the hall even as I type. Perhaps it's a token of my iconoclasty.

    > you can repeatedly externalize it

    No- I can again get on my bike and ride it. I'm not externalizing anything- I'm riding my bike. Performing yes, (and, yes, a 51 year old man riding a bike in Cambridge traffic is making a cultural statement, no doubt about that), but utilizing a skill set most of all.

    > and
    > performatively teach it to your kids

    I did 'teach' my kids to bicycle. But, as with most innate skill-set teachings, I just put 'em on the bike and gave 'em a shove.

    What is 'memetically' enigmatic about bicycle riding, is whether or not seeing that people (especially one's father) _can_ ride a bike, and what level of conviction that might give the neophyte to forge ahead, even as he falls down in the early attempts. The availibility of success is a strong commander all by itself.

    - Wade

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