Re: memetics-digest V1 #1275

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Thu 26 Dec 2002 - 13:43:48 GMT

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    On Wednesday, December 25, 2002, at 12:49 PM, memetics-digest wrote:

    > His theory is =
    > that ritual and religion is the factor that enables cultural
    > discourses =
    > to adapt, in the same way organisms do, to environmental perturbations.

    I personally don't think anything but ritual is necessary, and that religion is a special form of ritual, implemented by exploitive persons. There is much ritual that is not religious, and that serves the same purpose. Don't forget laws, folks, which were primarily linked to religion in most of both conventions' beginnings.

    Cohesion is a required quality of any group's continuance, be it an army or a state or a family.

    My first reaction to a weekend I spent in a commune up in Vermont in the late sixties was that they were like ants, and I had a strong repugnance to this almost chemical dispensation of roles. I still do, although I know, and appreciate, the efficacy of the apportioned division of labor. But, unless the library that is the world (and that's science) is available to them, ants are all they are, with the same queen feeding the same workers the same potions.

    And, yup, IMHO, that's way wrong.

    - Wade

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