Re: transmission

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Thu 22 May 2003 - 19:10:54 GMT

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    On Thursday, May 22, 2003, at 02:57 PM, Joe wrote:

    >> "What test would make this a science?--we want predictability, not
    >> explanatory, power."
    > Easy. Have two people tell two others to be at a certain place at a
    > certain time (the same place/time for both), and perform a specific
    > action there/then. One will communicate this message by speaking, the
    > other by writing. The two pairs will be separated for these
    > transmissions so there is no possibility of cross-contamination. If
    > the
    > two others both show up at that certain place/time and perform that
    > selfsame action, then obviously the message is independent of its
    > differing encoding performances.

    And yet again, you've written a nicely contained example of communication and cognitive function and behavioral effort, and, nowhere within it is 'meme' used.

    Which is as it should be.

    Because what they do, what you've explained, is the meme itself.

    - Wade

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