From: William Benzon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 22 May 2003 - 14:58:39 GMT
on 5/22/03 9:39 AM, Wade T. Smith at email@example.com wrote:
> On Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at 09:34 PM, Joe wrote:
>> But that is what's wrong with the performance model; it cannot explain
>> the situations it is tasked to explain, such as how a performance type
>> retained between expressed tokens of it.
> It not only explains this, it also explains all facets of it- the
> _cultural venue_ is what retains the expectations of the performances,
> as well as the memories of both the performer and the observer.
> Again, you fail to understand the performance model and argue from
So, think of a performance as a cultural phenotype. As I've said, the
performance includes not only the publicly observable aspect, where we find
the memes, but the neuro-muscular activites of all the performers. That
being so, a performer will have some memory of the performance, though not
necessarily an exact or complete memeory (in fact, almost certainly not). In
particular, the performer has a sense of more or less pleasure or
To the extent that a performance was pleasurable, the performer will be
motivated to repeat it. The new performance -- which is thus a new
phenotype -- may be more or less like the previous one. No doubt it will
share a bunch of memes with the previous one. Thus the "survival" of a meme
depends on its being in successful performances.
That's how it is in the biological domain, no?
As before, for details see my 5.18.03 post on "music, memes, and
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