From: Keith Henson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat 17 May 2003 - 03:14:25 GMT
At 08:59 PM 16/05/03 -0400, you wrote:
>>From: Philip Jonkers <email@example.com>
>>Subject: RE: transmission
>>Date: Fri, 16 May 2003 04:07:29 -0700 (PDT)
>> >It's another interesting aspect of memetics that most of the discussion on
>> >this list comes from people saying things that go counter to the general
>> >understanding of the field. Posts that concur with the mainstream generally
>> >pass without comment.
>>Indeed, controversy provokes! Agreement in general does not encourage
>>replies (other than to give complementary comments or additions to that
>>which is being agreed upon).
>My controversy provoking posts where I likened evolutionary psychology to
>phrenology due to some shared commonalities (eg- modularity) received a
>reply by Dace. Keith has, AFAICT, been silent on this as his phrenological
>bugbear has been compared to his EP raison d'etre.
I remember thinking the logic was so convoluted it was not worth responding to.
>EP probably has much more going for it now than phrenology did then, but
>some of the basic assumptions seem quite similar, as I've posted upon before.
>Too bad Gall and Spurzheim didn't have the wonderful modern neuroimaging
>techniques at their disposal at the time they were theorizing. Here I'm
>countering Keith's Whiggish attitude towards phrenology with a little bit
I was just using it as an example of a meme that ran afoul of the metameme
of the scientific method.
>Phrenology is to psychology as Lamarckism is to biology. They are both
>whipping boys in these modern fields so that first year students will have
>someone to disparage.
I don't remember that from my first year courses, but it *has* been a long
>Closer inspection may reveal that people like Gall and Lamarck actually
>made more than an erroneous contribution to history of science.
:-) Right. Like some people contribute to memetics.
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