Re: performance

From: William Benzon (
Date: Thu 22 May 2003 - 00:58:07 GMT

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    on 5/20/03 11:20 AM, Reed Konsler at wrote:


    > Actually, I still think there is only one kind: the mind-meme. Like I said
    > before, I think performances are expressions, like phenotypes. But, I'm
    > still entertaining the idea (becuase I find it interesting) that there could
    > be (even exclusively be) performance-memes.

    In my view, performances are cultural phenotypes. That's what I said in that long pile of music notes I posted.

    Note that, by performance, I mean not only the publicly observable sights or sounds, or touches, or odors, whatever, but also the neural and motor activity in those who make and apprehend the performance. All of that is a single phenotype. Each individual performance is a different phenotype. These phenotypes are thus very strange entities, spread over a number of individuals, etc.

    The memes are publicly perceptible aspects of the performance. Depending on the nature of the performance, the redness of an apple may be a meme, or the phase of waveform, etc.

    For more detail, consult that pile of musical notes: music, memes, and performance.

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