Re: Memes & genes

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sat 09 Nov 2002 - 23:17:51 GMT

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    >In a sense, mine ' me' is more ' mine ', yours is more social/
    >cultural conditioned so to speak.
    >Hope you don 't get me wrong,...
    I was just trying to point out the fact that we were talking about different things. You were talking about not having a particular culture to call your own and I was talking about a person who had no culture at all -- no language memes, no tool-making memes, no way to communicate with other people at all. If you knew how to make fire that's a meme unless you found a way to do it without being taught by someone. Without the memes of society you would have to invent everything you did from finding a way to eat to getting in out of the heat and cold. If you didn't know how or why to cook your meat, you would have to eat it raw. These are the advantages that culture has given us. Now, instead of worrying about what to do with the dead animal we found, we worry about whether we should eat French, Italian, or Chinese food tonight.



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