RE: reply to Benzon

From: Richard Brodie (
Date: Tue 27 May 2003 - 17:23:52 GMT

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    Bill Benzon wrote:

    > Your last point, though, raises a question for me. If the mind does not
    > or replicate the (artifact or behavior, your definition) meme, then what
    > does?

    <<Alas, Richard, I have no ready answer for you. I don't find the notions of
    "copy" and "replicate" terribly useful at this point. I'm am slowly arriving at a way of thinking about these things that I like. But it's a rather strange way and not at all easy to explain in bits and pieces. Given a choice between a fairly deep understanding of one relatively simple case, vs. a superficial understanding of lots of cases, I'd prefer to go for the former.>>

    So you're looking into non-Darwinian models of evolution, since Darwinism is all about "copy" and "replicate".

    I found the notes (not quoted) very interesting. Self-organization certainly seems to be a phenomenon worth studying and one that Darwinism does not readily explain.

    Richard Brodie

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