Re: never wanting to grow up

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Mon 26 May 2003 - 20:38:28 GMT

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    On Monday, May 26, 2003, at 03:22 PM, Keith wrote:

    > As I have recently stated, "meme" is a slightly more restrictive word
    > than
    > idea. You can have an idea without communicating it, but if it is
    > communicated, the idea (information) has replicated making it a meme
    > (replicating information).

    Of course, this model denies any agency to the performance itself, which is also effected by aleatory influences, and both are agencies in cultural evolution. As a theory of idea transmission, the above seems whole, but as a theory of cultural evolution, it comes up short by a major era or three, and if a meme is to be the required quantum of culture, then the above theory of idea propagation should not be using it.

    - Wade

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