Date: Sun 25 May 2003 - 20:50:35 GMT
I can understand Wade's desire to achieve objectivity in memetic study;
however, absolute objectivity can never be attained, as everything we
perceive, do and know is filtered through our own subjectivities. The
best we can do is achieve intersubjective agreement. But we must
intersubjectively agree that we think and communicate thoughts to and
receive communicated thoughts from others, via commonly understood
performative action/perception encoding schemas; otherwise, we could
neither agree nor disagree on anything whatsoever.
The thoughts we have are indeed cognitive; on this Wade has agreed.
However, memes are the subset of thoughts that may be transmitted to
and received from others, that is, communicated between minds, via
commonly understood preformativeaction/perception encoding
schemas. It is logically inconsistent to on the one hand, acknowledge
that a set (thoughts) reside in the mind, and on the other hand, that a
subset of that set (communicable thoughts) do not reside there.
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