Re: DS syndrome

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Fri 23 May 2003 - 11:13:39 GMT

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    >> That work verifies that memory has location in the
    >> brain. Memes-in-the-brain are a class of memory. The point to that
    >> discussion was to make the case that memes (being pure information)
    >> have to be encoded in *something.*
    >Yep; information must be encoded in a physical substrate, whether it is
    >light waves, sound waves, the body as a whole, pen and ink, or a neural
    >net. But the substrate encodes the information; it is not identical with it;
    >thus, performances encode memes rather than being memes.

    And I would rather call a performance an *expression* of an internal meme. Call it an external meme if you will. I'd rather reserve the verb `to encode' for the process of the actual recording of a meme, whether the substrate is the brain, paper, computer, an artifact, etc.


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