Date: Wed 21 May 2003 - 17:08:44 GMT
> >From: "Wade T. Smith" <email@example.com>
> >Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >To: email@example.com
> >Subject: Re: DS syndrome
> >Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 07:30:35 -0400
> >On Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at 01:13 AM, Joe wrote:
> >>If a person dogmatically insists that 2 + 2 = 5, it is a duty of
> >>knowledgeable others, not a fault of theirs, to point out that they
> >>really = 4, lest the mathematically deficient believe and spread the
> >>fallacious meme. That's the way selection works.
> >As Richard would be wont to point out, the correctness of a thing in
> >no way determines its probability of selection or distribution.
> You are correct, but probably, in the present context, selected
> When a group has, in general, a predisposing bias in favor of an
> alluring concept, they will likely tend to select against criticism of
> this concept, regardless of the correctness of their cherished belief.
Here Scott is wrong. Memetics has hopes of being a science. Correctness is indeed selected for in this field, by the Verification Principle and peer review.
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