From: Wade T. Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 05 Jun 2003 - 12:00:45 GMT
On Thursday, June 5, 2003, at 06:53 AM, Joe wrote:
> All these things are cognitively held templates, and as such, are
> internal, not external.
This is where you are mostly wrong- these things are decidedly
external, and maintained externally. They are environmental to cultural
evolution. There is no memory of any of these things without the
Here is your excellent list again-
"widely distributed laws, rules, maxims, slogans, parables, fables,
analogues, metaphors, similes, hermeneutics, paradigms, theories,
formulas, parameters, schematics, blueprints, designs, definitions,
heuristics, and other more or less formal holistic
representations/characterizations or analytic rules of thumb"
- and without the necessary recording languages and mechanisms, above
listed, of culture, any one of them would become meaningless, and we
know this to be true.
What is internal in the performance model of cultural evolution is the
working of the human brain. Not the memetic facts of a culture, but a
facet of two (at least) of the players in its game. The facts
themselves can only come in performance, and it is these facts that
this, particular, model, calls memes.
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