From: Grant Callaghan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 14 Nov 2002 - 16:34:27 GMT
>> Actually, more seriously I think the virus metaphor doesn't
>>encapsulate the spread of memes for me. After all teaching is part of
>>cultural transmission as well, and that surely changes the environmental
>>conditions in which any virus-like memes operate so much so that the
>>metaphor may lose its strength.
>Same old story - analogy gives us a partial view. I think the whole of the
>biosphere (and the abiotic stuff to an extent) provides enough analogies to
>cover just about all of it, but viruses are just one mode.
>Although teaching could be analogous to an innoculation with live virus
I like the innoculation metaphor. "Good" memes help us keep out "bad" memes. Analogy, on the other hand can't be helped. All description makes use of metaphor and all metaphor is a type of analogy. A is B = A is like B. It distorts at the same time that it enlightens.
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