Re: reply to Benzon

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Fri 23 May 2003 - 19:38:01 GMT

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    On Friday, May 23, 2003, at 02:43 PM, Richard wrote:

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

    I can't speak for Bill, but what I understand as his (and my) meaning of 'non-mentalist' is simply any theory of cultural evolution
    (memetics) that does not demand any specific or necessary unit of mental agency called the 'meme' which resides in a brain.

    That is to say, any theory that requires the mental non-residency of the quantum memetic unit, which is, by convention of definition, to be called the meme. The smallest possible replicator.

    A theory of memetics that involves only artifacts is a non-mentalist theory. The performance theory is another. Gatherer's memes, or G-memes, are non-mental. Bill's phemotype (cultural phenotype) theory is another.

    All these theories get most of the work done, but some of them are trimmer and lighter on their feet.

    - Wade

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