From: Ray Recchia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue 27 May 2003 - 20:55:38 GMT
> On Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at 03:47 PM, Ray wrote:
> > Of course random
> > outside effects during the performance effect transmission of the
> > meme. Who on earth would deny that?
> The memeinthemind model denies it whenever it claims the meme is
> transmitted from one mind to another, and then also claims that it is
> the selfsame meme.
> - Wade
This is your misperception alone.
The meme in the mind claims that we percieve each other as having the
thoughts and ideas that share a common ground. This is the basis for
human empathy and for human language. We assume that hunger in one head
shares a commonality with hunger in another head, and that the concept of
democracy is one head shares a commonality with the concept of democracy
in another. The commonality is the essence of the meme in both heads.
Our empathy and perception of commonality are fundamental roots of human
society, and can and should serve as the basis for scientific study in
The meme-in-the-mind model recognizes that variation can be introduced at
a variety of levels, including unplanned changes during expression.
There is simply no reason whatsoever for it not to. What it is capable
of doing, which your performance based model is not among other things,
is analyzing mental processes by which memes are altered. We can't point
towards the specific neurochemical changes involved in these processes
either, but they clearly occur. Your performance based model can not
account for them without considering internal human awareness.
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