Re: memetics-digest V1 #1304

From: Van oost Kenneth (
Date: Thu 06 Mar 2003 - 21:02:49 GMT

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    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Wade T. Smith" <>
    > > Let's say I *don't* buy the house. My impression is
    > > that you would say this lack of action has no meaning at all.
    > I would say I would not have had, nor could I have deducted, any idea
    > that you were thinking of buying a house at all, unless you tell me
    > (perform) that you were.
    > Thus your not buying the house indeed has no meaning, to the time/space
    > of social performance, whatsoever, as it was not a player on that
    > field, thus it has no meaning to culture, thus it has no meaning to
    > memetics, which is the discovery of darwinian processes in cultural
    > transmission.
    > What is not performed is not created in cultural time/space, and cannot
    > be a player in the memetic field. Even the substitute players are
    > presented upon the bench for all to see, as sitting on a bench being
    > ready to play is also a performance in the time/space, but, not even
    > being there is not. In this case of yours, and in the case of Joe's
    > singing, there was not even a potential player evident upon a bench.

    But not buying the house has its meaning in the memetic field, it opens up other perspectives than the memes of buying the house left behind on that same playing field ! What is not actual performed can create a possible niche where info, future info perhaps can reside by takin' its lawfull place. Not buying opens up neural pathways which were occupied by the buying memes, info is replaced, memorised and displaced. The reasons of why not buying will be there for a long time, your behavior will act accordingly. You will start a new search for a better, cheaper house. In the understanding of course that the former, the possible buyer states its intention to the world ( latter).

    OTOH, would, even the buyer says nothing, his behavior/ gestures not betray his intent if he was walking the streets observing houses !? And would, in the case of the player not being there at all, the discussion not be opened WHY he is not there !? Somewhere, sometime, someone will ask a question, will have a peek, will say his meaning, will observe something and will perform ( whatever that will be) some act...


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