Re: Standard definition

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Sun 03 Nov 2002 - 16:29:59 GMT

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    On Sunday, November 3, 2002, at 10:29 , Richard Brodie wrote:

    > Such experiments are performed daily in every high school in the world.

    Ah, well, of course you'd say that, but, what does the post-hoc processing of reality tell us about the mechanisms? Nothing. Since we can invoke whatever ghost in the machine reason for things we want to, and memesinthemind is a ghost in the machine explanation in this way. Once you've sat at the altar of memesinthemind, of course every example from daily life is a corroboration. But it's just specious flim-flam.

    What I was asking for was data, arrived at in an experimental setting, with strict controls, and all variables controlled.

    There ain't a way, IMHO, to conduct such an experiment ethically.

    - Wade

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