Re: transmission

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Tue 20 May 2003 - 01:10:43 GMT

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    On Monday, May 19, 2003, at 08:21 PM, Keith wrote:

    > Do you have any doubt that the physical representation of a meme in a
    > brain
    > (where memes exist as a class of memory) can be found?

    The typical blind spot revealed by this question is this- nothing, in cognitive theory, or in actual fMRI studies, has shown any need to
    _classify_ memory, and certainly there is no reason, other than sheer imaginative or protective defense, to claim there are classes of memory, especially to the degree that a unique class of memory exists that has to be called a meme.

    Again, the memeinthemind model requires too much to be a validly functioning scientific model.

    Why, and how, does memory have classes? Is not that conjecture a frivolous and specious one from the get?

    Even in the following example, all you show is positional neurostructures, not 'classes of memories'.

    > We can't
    > see them (yet) but memes-in-the-brain can be detected by the effects
    > they
    > have in experiments such as baseball-island.

    The baseball island scenario was senseless as a detector of anything but the skill of a teacher to explain a game. Nothing about memesinthemind could be inferred or detected by that experiment. Indeed, in your explanation of it, you denied the teacher any role.

    Now _that_ was obvious. And telling someone that a teacher teaches is, as you say, _too_ obvious for funding.

    - Wade

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