Re: (Reply to Benzon)

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Tue 27 May 2003 - 20:09:04 GMT

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    On Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at 03:47 PM, memetics-digest wrote:

    > The cognitive gestalt is comprised of knowledge, memories and ideas
    > that have been absorbed [snip] over the course of a lifetime:

    Granted, if you will grant my ellipsis. I see no reason to assign
    'evolving' to any internal cognitive functioning.

    > the
    > communicable subset of this cognitive set comprises the memeplexure
    > of the individual (memeplexure - the totality of memes and memeplexes
    > within a particular cognitive gestalt).

    No reason to grant you this supposition, as, again, it is definitional hand-waving. There is no reason to assign any cognitive functions to a meme, and no reason to demand that 'communicable subset' has any meaning outside of this hand-waving.

    > It is illogical and inconsistent to on
    > the one hand, affirm the presence of this set within the mind and, on
    > the
    > other hand, to deny the cognitive presence of a necessary subset (the
    > subset of communicable knowledge, memories and ideas) of that set.

    It is not illogical if one does not divide cognitive functioning into sets and subsets, and it is sheerly illogical to call a subset
    'necessary'. There is no reason to so divide cognitive functioning, and I'm waiting for you to show _any_ proof that there is.

    "I write to discover what I know."

    - Wade

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