Date: Sun 02 Mar 2003 - 16:07:21 GMT
> On Sunday, March 2, 2003, at 01:26 AM, memetics-digest wrote:
> > The information is still encoded in the artifact. Just because no
> > one still has the cultural tools with which to decode it doesn't
> > mean the information has vanished.
> Okay, perhaps I said 'bullshit' too soon, but, really, just because no
> one still has the cultural tools is _precisely why_ there is no
> information still encoded within a forgotten artifact. Memes are
> cultural units of information, and this artifact has lost (yes, lost)
> the information that was required to make it. It is now an item for
> research and wonderment, not without, admittedly, cultural import, but
> the cultural context of its creation is gone.
> You seem to have adopted a homeopathic model for cultural information,
> and it is just as invalid and specious there as it is in medicine.
This is the same question as the question of whether or not hieroglyphics embodied memes prior to the discovery of the Rosetta stone. I would say that the potential was there, and it was rendered actualizable by the translation key.
> - Wade
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