Re: transmission

From: Douglas Brooker (
Date: Wed 14 May 2003 - 19:41:43 GMT

  • Next message: Wade T. Smith: "Re: transmission"

    "Wade T. Smith" wrote:

    > On Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at 02:02 PM, Scott wrote:
    > > Fact of memes? A rather bold statement that is. I'd rather see it as
    > > "presupposition (or assumption) of memes".
    > >
    > > Is there sufficient reason to assume that ideas are isomorphic between
    > > individuals? If so, provide some here:
    > >
    > > I don't see Wade as raising a straw man, but raising healthy objection.
    > Well, firstly, thanks. I don't see it as a straw man either. I see
    > people who object to it as a straw man as deliberately avoiding the
    > issue, entirely, almost to ad hominem levels. There is no straw there
    > in this objection, as there is no straw there in your claiming memes
    > are assumptions.
    > But- in the case of the performance model, memes are not only
    > evidential and non-abstract, but absolute and defined with certain
    > rigidity. They are not assumptions about the way a mind, or minds,
    > work, but a working theory about the process of cultural evolution, at
    > the level of quantum units.

    the reference to quantum suggests the idea that a meme may be one thing under certain conditions and another thing under different conditions.

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