Re: memetics-digest V1 #1300

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Tue 04 Mar 2003 - 13:46:46 GMT

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    On Monday, March 3, 2003, at 09:19 PM, memetics-digest wrote:

    > So, the question remains: where is the action observed at t1
    > stored so it may be replicated at t3, if not internally?

    The memory of the observation is stored in a brain. Are we arguing that? I'm not.

    But t3 is _not_ a replication of t1, nor is it t1, as you concur.

    t3 is a performance, perhaps using the memory of t1, but not dependent upon it.

    If a third person were to see t1 and t3, they might even say they were the same. Such is the error of observation.

    But such is also an agent of cultural transmission. If the similarity is enjoyed, it might be continued.

    But, there is no requirement, no necessity, to find t1 anywhere in the brain of the t3 performer. Indeed, even though that third person who sees t1 and t3 and calls them alike might want to think so (and might even start a whole new pseudoscience based upon his contention), he simply might have seen two similar performances arising from two completely different memory/behavior sets, certainly two different intentions. The comedian who performs a pratfall performs an identical action to one who falls accidentally. Yes, they both have some similar memories and skills, but intention and meaning are different, as are performance spaces. Something that is more similar presents more internal possibilities of similarity, of course, but, if one is to attach similar meanings to similar actions, that is erroneous.

    - Wade

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