Re: memetics-digest V1 #1340

From: Douglas Brooker (
Date: Wed 14 May 2003 - 09:00:48 GMT

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    > > Unless you can show that telepathy is a fact, there is no
    > > 'information passed from human mind to human mind'.

    The diktat of the fundamentalist skeptic!
    > > ... Culture is what demands who performs what where and who
    > > observes, and it does its best to ensure that each performance
    > > certain expectations and gets interpreted as identically as
    > I feel that such discussions must be ground in the neurobiology
    through which such transmissions and performances must pass. Recent work suggests that there are "mirror neurons" for physical actions, and possibly also for emotions, so that one brain communicating with another goes through an internal rehearsal of the communication, thereby grasping its import. There is also much discussion of a "truth module" or lie detector which checks communications for deception and consistency.
    > Whether the medium of transmission is a "telepathic ether," a "voice
    of God," or a teen fad in the media, information *is* passed from mind to mind (not necessarily human).

    There are many examples of human interaction that seem to counsel us to keep our minds open - not the same as skepticism - on this issue.

    Case studies of one-on-one relationships such as mother and child, twins, or other close relationships can provide models for what Malcom describes above.

    Discussion on thie list tends to focus on publically disseminated memes, collective behaviour, less attention being placed on dissemination in the family context. Every family has its unique culture which is passed from generation to generation.

    Same is true of professions like law, medicine or teaching. First year of law school, for example, is an exercise in brain-washing and acculturation with cult-like dimensions.

    What we can learn from kin or pressional groups probably has more general application.

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