Re: Dennett article on post-modernism

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Fri 14 Mar 2003 - 16:21:43 GMT

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    Dennett seems to me to be playing the blame game with his assertion the everyone should be responsible for what other people do with the words we say and the memes we drop into society. In other words, I should be responsible for what you do with the memetic tools I invent or pass on.

    It reminds me of the problems being caused by old soldiers from Taiwan visiting their families in mainland China and bringing back a new virulent form of pneumonia that is sweeping the island. Should we blame the old sodiers who fled to Taiwan in 1949 and went back to visit their families one last time before they die? Or should we blame the mainlanders for catching the disease in the first place and passing it on to visitors? Why bother to blame anyone? It's all part of the world we live in and germs and memes will do what they always do -- propagate.


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