RE: (Reply to Benzon) I

From: Richard Brodie (
Date: Fri 23 May 2003 - 15:42:45 GMT

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    <<(GIM) I agree. The assumption that information simply resides in books or otherwise, waiting to be incorporated by hosts, which seems to be taken for granted in much memetic discussion, is misguided. Here I think Peirce is useful. In the light of his semiosis concept, information is not a dyadic relation, a carrier carrying something (signifier incorporating a signified), but a triadic relation, where information arises only when a subject interprets a signifier (sign-vehicle).>>


    <<All of which is to say that mentalist memetics gets tripped up on a point that linguists and semioticians have understood for a century or so.>>

    What exactly is "non-menatlist" memetics? Do you have a model of cultural evolution that does not involve minds?

    Richard Brodie

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