Re: transmission

From: William Benzon (
Date: Mon 19 May 2003 - 02:14:17 GMT

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    on 5/18/03 9:55 PM, Richard Brodie at wrote:

    > Wade wrote:
    > <<Joe, and others, are convinced they have a theory about memes that
    > mirrors this discovery model- that it is only a matter of time before
    > enough evidence from fMRI and other cognitive investigative
    > technologies will provide the reality of the memeinthemind.>>
    > Thanks for mentioning this, because I think it's a common error with people
    > struggling to understand memetics. The only instrument necessary to provide
    > the reality of mental replicators is a No. 2 pencil on a standardized exam.
    > We know people can learn. We don't need to know exactly how the information
    > is stored to know it's there. We know knowledge influences behavior. If it
    > doesn't, Harvard is the biggest con game in the history of the world. So
    > when knowledge influences behavior in such a way that the knowledge spreads,
    > you have a replicator.
    > Curiously, many people find this difficult to understand. Dawkins found the
    > same about genetic evolution. I'm not sure why.

    I can't speak for Wade, but I don't have any problem understanding the claims of people who argue for memes-in-the-head that get replicated from one person to another. I just don't agree with them.

    In a similar fashion, I don't have trouble understanding the claims of people who believe that the earth is only 6000 years old. But I don't think those claims are correct.

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