Re: transmission

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Fri 16 May 2003 - 11:12:20 GMT

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    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 behaviors.

    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.

    - Wade

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