Re: memetics-digest V1 #1369

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Tue 27 May 2003 - 20:32:18 GMT

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    On Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at 03:47 PM, Ray wrote:

    > Dugatkin says that animal imitation constitutes culture. How does an
    > individual event of performance differ from an event of imitated animal
    > behavior other than the fact in one case a human is doing it and in the
    > other case an animal is?

    If you are willing to accept that imitation is all that is required to constitute culture, than there is no difference.

    I am not willing to accept that culture is only imitation.

    I don't know Dugatkin, but, I do know Hauser, and he does not see animal imitation as constituting culture.

    When an animal does something other than imitate, let me know.

    - Wade

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