From: Dace (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 02 Nov 2002 - 17:26:26 GMT
> From: Bill Spight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Dear Dace,
> > You seem to find amusing the idea that genes and memes could be alive
> > and self-existent.
> Some people use :-) to indicate amusement or that they are not serious.
> I do not. I use :-) to indicate a smile, ;-) to indicate a grin.
I'm quite aware of your passive-aggressive tendencies. The smile of pure
malice. The sign-off that cloaks contempt with good cheer. Though you've
completely failed to address or even acknowledge any of my arguments,
you somehow imagine you've scored some kind of glorious victory and can
withdraw without further elaboration. You seem to think your point is so
obviously correct, you don't even have to make it.
Guess what? It's not the least bit clear why the suggestion that genes and
memes self-replicate is so patently ridiculous as to require no response
whatever. Your attitude is particularly odd given that the point you're so
arrogantly dismissing is the fundamental idea of the field we're ostensibly
here to discuss. Yet you simply toss it aside without comment. You must be
pretty hot stuff, Bill.
What distinguishes memetics from the standard view of culture is that memes
are self-promoting. Ideas, behaviors, catch-phrases... all take on a life
of their own. That's the whole point. Nothing you say-- or don't say-- can
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