RE: New uses for old artifacts

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Tue 03 Dec 2002 - 17:12:27 GMT

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    >Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 09:03:30 -0800
    ><<And ideas of memes are not enough- that is why performance is needed to
    >actually do anything.>>
    >No one argues with this. The queer thing is that members of this list seem
    >so passionate about applying the word "meme" to various aspects of cultural
    >evolution rather than coming up with new words for things other than mental
    >Richard Brodie

    Perhaps that's because they seldom replicate. They merely approximate. They pass information from one person to another but the information seldom approaches the kind of exactitude that DNA passes. The only kind of meme that approaches this is language, and even that is iffy. The same string of words can carry any number of meanings and be used in any number of ways.


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