From: Grant Callaghan (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 05 Mar 2003 - 16:00:39 GMT
On Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at 01:14 AM, memetics-digest wrote:
If you're going to discount the information available in an artifact
No, I'm not. Nope.
Anthropology is also a part of our present-day meme pool.
Let me revisit the factory analogy, and try to get it more preciously right.
At one time, we had Model T factories. They made Model T's.
Today, we have no Model T factories. We have Subaru factories. We cannot
make a Model T in a Subaru factory, try as we might.
But, we do have (still) the technology to make (we have the resources as
well) a Model T, if, for some reason, we wanted to.
But, we don't have any reason to.
I'm not discounting any of the information in that Model T.
I'm just saying you won't be seeing a new one in anyone's driveway.
On the contrary, the recreation and restoration of old cars is almost a
fulltime industry in the U.S. We have a club here in San Diego where the
restorers put their cars on display every week and exchange information
about where parts for old cars can be obtained or who can remanufacture such
parts if they are not available. A visit to this club would find brand new
and fully functional Model Ts that were driven to the parade ground and are
displayed, in operation, at public functions such as parades and in movies
about other eras.
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