Re: Standard definition

From: Bill Spight (
Date: Sun 03 Nov 2002 - 17:35:05 GMT

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    Dear Wade,

    > Is there any possible experiment to show Joe's meme-ory, or to prove the
    > presence of a meme in the mind? What conditions would be needed to
    > gather data about behavioral change due to a single, controlled, memetic
    > stimulus? Is there an experiment even possible? Internalist emes have
    > been used, as you say, mostly as post-hoc explanations of cause without
    > any empirical mechanism demonstrated.
    > It's time to show some protocols, I think.
    > Unfortunately, the only experimental conditions I can imagine to set up
    > would be hideously unethical, if not downright cruel.

    I suspect that you mean something different from "meme in the mind" than its proponents do. Would you outline such an experiment? That would help highlight any differences between your and their understandings.



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