From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 10 Mar 2003 - 01:51:15 GMT
>From: Keith Henson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Memes For Peace
>Date: Sun, 09 Mar 2003 20:22:41 -0500
>At 02:25 PM 09/03/03 -0600, Bryan Thompson wrote:
>>I agree that memes have been engineered by advertising and governments.
>>what I am proposing is that we use memetic engineering for peaceful means
>>stop war and save lives. I think that this is a much more noble cause
>>selling underwear or cola.
>May I suggest you consider looking into another area? Memetics is a "how"
>kind of explanation, moving the viewpoint to the information itself, along
>the lines that the "selfish gene" moved the viewpoint to the gene to
>understand what was being selected in the evolutionary process.
>Evolutionary psychology dovetails with memetics in providing "why" answers.
> Namely, why do some memes thrive and others fail and possibly why 17 of
>the 19 9/11 hijackers came from Saudia Arabia. It also may provide "how"
>answers and provide guild lines for building good models of human social
>Put the words "evolutionary psychology" in Google and take the second link.
>After you come up to speed on evolutionary psychology, put "sex drugs cults
>henson" in Google and take the first link.
>If you can find some modest sources of funding, I think models making
>remarkable predictions could be created and the conditions leading to war
>could be headed off a generation before war occurs.
It's good to see somebody else recognizing the "how" (proximate) versus
"why" (ultimate) distinction. I recall, quite a while back, on this very list folks not recognizing the *mportance* of "why" questions. IIRC they thought "why" questions were meaningless.
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