From: Wade T. Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Fri 16 May 2003 - 11:12:20 GMT
On Thursday, May 15, 2003, at 04:51 PM, Dace wrote:
> So why are you promoting cultural behaviorism?
It must look like that, I suppose, but, I'm not. I am promoting culture
as having evolutionary processes, which is what I thought memetics was
all about. I have to include behaviorism (in the form of behavior as an
agent of cultural evolution), because the human animal is an agent in
cultural evolution, and like all animals on this planet, is imbued with
But I am not declaring that there is no agency of 'free-will' or
choice, or individualism, or that all behaviors are hard-wired.
I suppose, yes, I am declaring that, because culture commands venues of
performance, that there is a lack of freedom in any cultural
performance, but, that is also ill-expressed, as the performance itself
can be totally free (which is the case in all aleatory happenstances
and accidents), but the continuation of culture depends upon the
control of the parameters to the extent that quite often, people are
trained to perform in quite rigid ways, a la all orthodoxies.
Anyway, I'm not promoting cultural behaviorism.
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