Re: Sue Blackmore lecture Wednesday 5.15pm London

From: William Benzon (
Date: Tue 18 Feb 2003 - 01:34:25 GMT

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    on 2/17/03 8:25 PM, at wrote:


    >> More empty boilerplate. You need to say why people prefer some memes
    >> over others. To simply say that some memes spread further because
    >> they're "better at getting into new human minds" doesn't say anything
    >> very helpful. That's as useful as saying that water runs down hill
    >> because it prefers being at the bottom of hills.
    > Actually, umm, no. Water is not a conscious agent as people are; it
    > cannot prefer like people can.

    But you memeticists don't talk about people as agents. You're always talking about memes as agents. In memetics human minds/brains are just passive respositories of meme-food.

    Bill B

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