Re: memetics-digest V1 #1313

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Mon 10 Mar 2003 - 17:15:57 GMT

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    On Monday, March 10, 2003, at 11:09 AM, memetics-digest wrote:

    > So Wade, are you saying here that performances are caused by
    > memories and by anticipations and that thus the actually perfor-
    > mance ( the result of the above interaction) stands completely
    > loose from its originals !?

    Not quite completely loose, because it is also constrained by the time/space of performance, which is, in most cases, culturally continuous, but it is _not_ determined, _in toto_ from these previous thoughts, versions, escapades, spaces, etc.

    There is a fact of performance called indeterminacy, which _has_ to be considered, not to mention the error drift of information distribution itself, not to mention that humans are the performers. These are the randomizing darwinian agents of performance and they are powerful in the cultural landscape.

    _All_ performances are _not_ ideal realisations of the mindful rehearsal or replications.

    > In that sense the performance would indeed count as it was
    > a/ the meme....

    I'm not sure I parse that 'a/' successfully, but, yes, the performance not only has to count, it has to count as the _sole_ provider of information, culturally, (as no information can be supplied to any audience without a performance*), and _as_ this unit of information of culture, then it _is_ the meme, by definition.

    *(Any cultural artifact is a special case of performance with an extension in the time/space of its culture.)

    - Wade

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