From: Jon Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri 22 Nov 2002 - 04:08:25 GMT
>Then are you saying that memes are not transmitted through language?
>Or if they are transmitted from one generation to another, how?
>Where do the memes of religion come from if not through language?
>Are they recreated by each of us as we read the texts of the past?
>Is what we get from the texts only from our own minds and not from
>the people who wrote the texts?
>I'd say it's a bit of both rather than only one or the other. But
>that's my point of view.
"One must learn from him who knows." Language is one thing; teaching
someone how to ride a bicycle is another thing. Riding a bicycle is a
meme; but it is not describable in language in a way that can fully
transmit its meaning.
Memes of religion come from master to student. Texts are dead,
especially in the hands of those who lack understanding. A teacher
with understanding can use a text; a teacher without understanding
can only abuse a text. Of course it is not a binary relation; there
are levels of understanding.
I could write a whole book on Adobe Photoshop, but the only way to
teach what I know is by showing someone. Oral transmission is not
just about language.
Memes are not things one can be conscious of, when they are operating
within oneself; they "are" oneself, at a moment, unless they are
- JS Gilbert
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