Re: Aunger speaks, London 11th November

From: Wade Smith (
Date: Thu 07 Nov 2002 - 20:29:14 GMT

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    On Thursday, November 7, 2002, at 02:38 , Dace wrote:

    > our desire to
    > understand life with the same exactitude with which we understand our
    > own
    > technology.

    The nice thing about any working technology is our ability to use it without understanding it in the least.

    Yes, it's _nice_ (for gearheads like myself), to know a few things, but exactitude is not necessary, and, in fact, a prime function of design is to make the use of an object almost instantaneous with its possession.

    Memes are not required to move by themselves, only to be moved without effort of comprehension.

    This sort of unconscious, unmotivated action, which only the performance meme stance allows in cultural transmission (it appears to me, and the reason I now, yes, Vincent, 'believe' it), might be the 'living' thing you think is being ignored. It is certainly random and unpredictable.

    Cultural evolution is a function of chaos, just as biological evolution is, and, as a result, IMHO, there will never be a memetic predictive tool.

    Hari Seldon to the contrary.

    - Wade

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