From: Wade T. Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat 10 May 2003 - 21:00:28 GMT
On Saturday, May 10, 2003, at 10:42 AM, memetics-digest wrote:
> Thanks for the Marivaux references. Is this a theatre setting or
La Dispute is a play, and I believe it is available online, and, yes,
published in several editions, with some recent translations, as
Marivaux was, for some reason, enjoying a small bubble of appreciation
over the last year or so.
La Dispute contains a Skinner-type experiment wherein four babies are
kept in total isolation from all contact with anyone of their age or of
the opposite sex and of each other, and trained only with language. It
is a rather draconian memetic experiment, and I winced when I read the
play for the first time.
But, as is very common in Marivaux, the science is quickly forgotten.
I would think any discussion of this play amongst sociobiologists or
memeticists would be fertile.
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