Re: memetics-digest V1 #1312

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Tue 11 Mar 2003 - 03:16:15 GMT

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    >From: "Wade T. Smith" <>
    >Subject: Re: memetics-digest V1 #1312
    >Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 07:29:30 -0500
    >On Sunday, March 9, 2003, at 08:08 PM, memetics-digest wrote:
    >>We can use things for other than their original purpose, but this fact
    >>also acknowledges their original purpose.
    >As my example clearly showed, there is no required acknowledgment of their
    >'original' purpose, whatever that was.
    There should be a distinction between historical origin and current utility. Quoting the Harvardian guru, SJG, Himself: (bq) "Historical origin and current utility are distinct concepts and must never be conflated." (eq)

    Gould SJ. 1991. Exaptation: a Crucial Tool for an Evolutionary Psychology. Journal of Social Issues (47): 43-65


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