From: Wade T. Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Sun 25 May 2003 - 19:40:04 GMT
On Sunday, May 25, 2003, at 02:58 PM, Joe wrote:
> The specific symbol strings encode the selfsame message in different
> performances, requiring different knowledges to transmit and receive
That is _almost_ the situation in the performance model of cultural
evolution. What is needed is a change of one word-
"The specific symbol strings encode the selfsame message in different
performances, requiring similar knowledges to transmit and receive."
And, quite honestly, I cannot fathom how people with different
knowledges could transmit and receive the selfsame message. A deaf
person would say 'hello' in sign language, and a speaking person would
not know what this action was. And yet your model would seem to claim
that 'hello' would be communicated? How does this happen?
If a person were to show me the result of '8x9' on their abacus, I
would not know they meant '72' unless I had knowledge of how an abacus
works, and I don't. Once supplied with this similar knowledge about the
workings of an abacus, I can 'see' '72' upon one, but, not before.
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