RE: back to basics

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Wed 28 May 2003 - 22:18:24 GMT

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    >Subject: RE: back to basics
    >Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 16:00:32 -0500
    > > Lawry wrote:
    > >
    > > <<We have, of course,
    > > agreed earlier that memetic engineering is not possible.>>
    > >
    > > Huh?
    > >
    >What are successful advertizing or political campaigns?
    They are successful advertizing or political campaigns respectively.

    Advertizing and political campaigns have been around for quite a while longer than memetics. I wonder whether advertizers (or marketing majors) and politicians (or political science majors) could learn much more from memetics or so-called "memetic engineering" than trivial gee-whiz redifinition of what they've been doing for years or if memeticists could learn from these fields how the real world actually works, beyond sterile theorizing based on dubious biological analogy.

    After what Dace posted on memetics not being up to par with social psychology and cognitive psychology, I would wonder the same for these fields too. A trivial redifinition of memory (ie- the meme as a subclass of memory) may not add much to the repertoire of memory research than a
    "Gee-whiz, that's nice. Next!"

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