Date: Mon 19 May 2003 - 03:08:53 GMT
> on 5/18/03 9:55 PM, Richard Brodie at email@example.com 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.
That is your opinion. Now how about some support for it or an argument against the alternatives? It's easy to do against creationists, but even easier to do against Wade's schema, which seems to consist of perpetually creating sophisticated performances ex nihilo and dissolving them instantaneously, concomittant with the end of the performance, never to be seen again. Indeed, in the absence of cognitive templates, it is difficult to comprehend how people are able to successfully negotiate complex and/or lengthy performances any better than monkeys can type Shakespeare.
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