Re: memetics-digest V1 #1299

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Mon 03 Mar 2003 - 15:44:21 GMT

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    >> If you reproduced one of the artifacts
    left by an Indian tribe to the degree that it couldn't be distinguished from the original, wouldn't you have received the information contained in the making of it?

    >No. Please explain how I could? Xerox is not culture.

    I didn't see where anybody claimed that it was. On the other hand, xerox is an intimate part of modern culture.

    But if you were talking about an artifact such as a clay bowl or a stone ax head, for example, and you went out and gathered the same kind of clay and formed that clay in the same way and decorated it with the same designs and fired it at the same temperature, you would have learned a thing or two about how the tribe accomplished the task themselves.

    There are anthropologists today who study the art of working stone to produce the same artifacts they find in the earth in order to understand the culture that produced them. I guess you would say they are wasting their time and aren't likely to learn anything about that culture.

    As you might guess, I disagree


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