Re: memetics-digest V1 #1298

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Sun 02 Mar 2003 - 17:06:26 GMT

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    On Sunday, March 2, 2003, at 11:36 AM, memetics-digest wrote:

    >> The memeinthemind model is dependent upon a ghost.
    > No, it is dependent upon a multiplicity of similar, but not identical,
    > minds. The precise encodings of the memes do not have to be
    > identical; rather they must, when interacting with differing yet
    > similar
    > cognitive gestalts, result in those gestalts producing recognizably
    > similar behaviors (including bodily action and its subsets
    > communication and artifact creation).

    There are many gestalts resulting in 'recognizably similar' behaviors, just as one may stop a car using a disc brake or a drum brake. You are saying that human brains are similar, but how does one come to any conclusions about the information inside the individual brains, regardless of the similar behaviors? And what does one do with similar behaviors produced by gestalts from disparate brains? What is the rationale for claiming similar behaviors have to stem from similar, if not identical, gestalts?

    This imagined rationale is the central fallacy of the memeinmind model.

    - Wade

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