Date: Mon 26 May 2003 - 20:07:56 GMT
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> > I do not believe that we are blindly selected by our environments,
> > without also selecting for our future environments in a
> > co-evolutionary dance. Thus, I am not the memetic equivalent of a
> > Watsonian or Skinnerian behaviorist, but consider myself to be a
> > cognitive memetician.
> And yes, that is your prerogative and we should admire the fact you
> being consistent in your argumentation about the matter, but one thing
> simply remains_ the fact that we select our future environments in a
> co- evolutionay way can be just yet another cultural demand in order
> to propagate ideas, thoughts and memories.
> The fact that we think that we select, and do have the will and the
> aility to do so has an enormous impact on our species and upon the
> environment we all live in. The alledged selection of who we want to
> be, what kind of religion we wish to believe in, even gender is
> submitted to change these days has consequences beyond our
> understanding. The selection of we being genetic/ memetic unique, of
> we being individuals has created possibilites beyond our imagination.
> Groupbounding was an important aspect of we becoming human
> in the first place. Individuality these days is the norm.
> Did we select it or were there certain aspects of/ within the
> environment that induced those upon us !? If it is neither, and as you
> claim it is done within the context of co- evolution, who hold the
> leach !? Still not sure who is Bigfoot and who is the Yeti....
The environment impacts individuals and individuals impact the environment. They are co-evolutionary, each feeding into the other; to ascribe causal priority to either is to assume a stance that irretrieveably engages one in an unverifiable chicken-and-egg argument.
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