From: Wade T. Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 24 May 2003 - 03:12:28 GMT
On Friday, May 23, 2003, at 08:50 PM, memetics-digest wrote:
> . and if [the cognitively stored knowledge of what these
> physical properties (bats, ball, glove, field, bases, and so on)
> are intended for, can be used for, were designed for, etc., ..]
> have been communicated, by an other, to the person who possesses
> this knowledge, it cannot be denied that this knowledge is comprised of
> already-replicated memes.
There is no possible connection besides wishful thinking between
knowledge and memes. The only unobjectionable conclusion to be drawn by
a situation where two expressions of knowledge are similar is that the
expressions are similar, because we have, as in the Clever Hans episode
of training and behavior, similar expressions that are not, in any way,
communications of similar learnings.
All cultural venues are examples of parameters evolved to impart
similar learnings and produce similar expressions.
As practice makes perfect, performance in a cultural venue also tunes
the parameters to produce more and more similar replicated
performances. This is a dynamic process, and, in extreme cases,
produces performers who know nothing except what to do and when to do
it, not why they do it. Armies. Cults. Liberal democrats.... In the
more prevalent and milder cases, we have benign performances
practically without meaning, 'how do you do' 'nice to meet you' 'have a
nice day' 'y'all come back now, y'hear?' 'It was so cool that Ruben
won' which are performed in stepped and measured allowances, much like
chemical tracers producing chores in ant colonies. Culture is not that
far removed from such sources, and memetics is not either. Certainly
not enough to demand special causes of more easily reasoned effects.
As I said, there is no need to produce the memeinthemind when culture
can be explained without it. That is why positing such a cause is
theology, not science.
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