From: Wade T. Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 10 Mar 2003 - 18:48:25 GMT
On Monday, March 10, 2003, at 11:09 AM, memetics-digest wrote:
> How can we be the human in what we perform if the performance-space is
> constantly changing' !?
The exact same way a spider remains a spider even though it needs to
make a completely different web, every time, against a new branch or
wall or leaf.
When the human evolves, let me know.
> So where does this need to group together in [meme]plexes come from if
> not some obscure natural/meme- tical conformative process!
Nothing obscure about survival and the mechanisms of (social)
gathering. Chimps do it. Apes do it. Ants do it.
> Or do you account for the existence of already formed coherent
> info-clusters which as such are communicated!?
The time/space of performance within a culture possesses all the
properties required to continue the performances of that culture. The
scripts are in view, the stage hands are all present.
> How does the dancer know how to dance the polka if he hasn't any
> meme-ory about it somewhere hidden in his brain!?
The performer _should_ also come intact with the skills and memories
and properties necessary to attempt the performance, but, this is in no
way guaranteed. I have no idea how to dance, much less the polka, but,
I could perform _something_ on a dance floor while what someone else
described as being a polka was being played by the orchestra. I think
the time/space of that culture would reject me outright, and rather
soon, and I'd be back at a table sipping wine before I knew it. But, I
don't need any meme or any memory of a polka to attempt a dance one-
all I need is the time/space of performance- I need to be in a dance
hall during a polka. If I want someone to dance a polka with me, then I
need some training, but, hey, training is one of the things a culture
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