Date: Fri 23 May 2003 - 19:44:52 GMT
> 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.
None of them are able to explain how differing transmiitter performances can lead to indistinguishable recipient behaviors in response..
> - Wade
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