RE: memetics-digest V1 #1300

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Tue 04 Mar 2003 - 15:49:54 GMT

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    MOTEL OF THE MYSTERIES, David Macaulay. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1979, for those who are not yet familiar with this gem of a classic on the interpretation of artifacts for which user knowledge is no longer available.

    Cheers, Lawry

    Let me recommend to you once more Johnathan Spence's book, Treason by the Book, in which he details how the Ching Dynasty emperor, YongZheng, in the 1720s, countered the memes of rebellion by writing a book that examined the claims of the rebels and refuted their assertions, then having the book published throughout the empire. It's one of the best studies of Chinese culture and a thin slice of history that I've ever read. Just as interesting, perhaps, is the fact that Spence did most of his research in Taipei, Taiwan using the artifacts that Chiang Kaishek brought over with him when he fled the mainland in 1949. Highly recommended.


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