Re: transmission

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Fri 16 May 2003 - 16:16:53 GMT

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    On Friday, May 16, 2003, at 09:55 AM, memetics-digest wrote:

    > Considering a meme to be the information itself, no matter what media
    > the
    > information resides in, I think is the maximum truth for the least
    > effort.

    Actually finding the information, however, has so obviously been a real effort, and no-one has gotten there yet.

    Therefore, IMHO, the maximum truth for the least effort is the performance model of cultural evolution.

    Only the information that happens is important in this model.

    However, 'what happens' is also under contention, and many people here think 'things are happening' when someone sits and thinks about things, prior to action or apprehension.

    Granted, that individual is doing a lot of work. But none of it, until and unless he gets up and does something, will have any effect upon cultural evolution, or even the mutation of the venue within which such performance must take place.

    There are no units of cultural evolution in an individual mind. Nothing from one mind gets transferred to another. The observer can interpret, and that is the only physical choice he's got, and the only physical choice that a culture can use.

    So, okay, consider a meme to be the information itself, if you so mistakenly must.

    Show me this information such that a culture can be altered by it.

    Ah, but wait- you can't show me one damned thing until and unless you perform.

    Kinda sticks you up a gluey widget, don't it?

    - Wade

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