Re: (Reply to Benzon) I

From: Gudmundur Ingi Markusson (
Date: Fri 23 May 2003 - 16:10:54 GMT

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    Benzon wrote:
    >Gudmundur Ingi Markusson wrote:

    >>(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.

    Actually, I see it more as a hurdle to "jet set" memetics, such as Blackmore's, where memes seem to jump in tact from books to brains to the internet, and what have you.



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