Re: new memetics article

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sun 12 Jan 2003 - 19:57:55 GMT

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    Inexact copies are one thing, but when the copy is different from the original in almost every instance and radically different in most, it's a whole different kettle of fish. The rules of a game may be the same for everyone, but the way each person uses those rules to win a game is different. No two chess games are exact copies of each other. If they are, it's usually not a game but an instruction. That makes the two things different.

    In addition, most transfers of information do not result in a copy. Out of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people who witness an action or hear an expanation, only one or two will try to duplicate the action. Those who do will have to try many times to duplicate it exactly. Even then, there will still differences in performance and what the performance is used for.

    This is not Darwinism in my opinion. I doubt it is even Lamarkism.



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