RE: Why People are so Contrary

From: Lawrence DeBivort (
Date: Tue 10 Dec 2002 - 16:01:31 GMT

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    Hurrah, Grant!

    Memetics has only suffered by insistence that it 'fit' genetic or biological evolutionary models. Nor, truly, do memes operate as mere units of information, or, from the PoV of cybernetics, units of control. To me, memetics is its own thing, and offers its own unique insights, and along with those insights, its own set of applications.

    Cheers, Lawry

    > I am still in a state of pondering what I realized yesterday == that the
    > propagation of memes in no way resembles either the Darwinian or the
    > Lamarkian model. Right now, I can't think of anything it does resemble
    > other than information theory. Cybernetics seems to offer a more
    > reasonable
    > explanation than genetics because we have no idea what memes give
    > birth to.
    > The fact that we have culture, however, is a good indication they
    > give birth
    > to something. And whatever it is seems to be growing at an exponential
    > rate.
    > Grant

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