From: Jeremy Bradley (email@example.com)
Date: Tue 10 Dec 2002 - 23:04:06 GMT
At 12:28 PM 10/12/02 -0500, you wrote:
>I would not characterize the discussion here on this list as anything close
>to the dialogue that is needed, for several reasons:
>1. There is no participation from third-world folks
We do occasionally get people with 'third-world' sounding names, but they
don't stay long.
>2. There is little true listening and questioning. This may be a weakness of
>email, and it has a lot to do with the interactional dynamics. Sometimes we
>are better at it than at other times!
True, we do seem to be a group of academics with 'rusted on' perspectives
which we use to bash some 'sense' into the other members. The present
evolution discussion is a good case-study on this. I must admit that
neither model, Darwinian or Lamarkian, has convinced me, but the strength
of for and against arguments was such that I contributed little.
>3. The subject of this list is memetics; the subject of the proposed
>dialogue would be the issues that divide the species, and the exploration of
>a view of the species that allows sub-components to avoid destructive
>relations with other parts.
>The levels of pessimism that those who responded to the proposal expressed
>saddens me. There is so much potential for participation and contribution.
>I hope that this pessimism is transient. There is a big and wonderful world
>out there (despite the negatives that so easily capture our concern and
>energy), full of resources and potential capability, of learning and of
>joining with others to build better things than we can alone. It is to this
>world that we should be engaging ourselves.
Don't get too disheartened Lawry. With this list we would probably digress anyway. And I do think that we engage these subjects in our conversations Jeremy
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