Re: Religion Explained, as if....

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Fri 06 Jun 2003 - 13:55:50 GMT

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    Richard wrote:

    > Memetics studies how the future is influenced by differential
    > selection of replicating cultural elements.

    And, moments before, Lawry wrote:

    > Memes, [dare I say he means 'memetics'], in our PoV, is much more
    > about influence than either (conscious, considered) understanding, or
    > (reactive, unprocessed) mimicry.

    And, right now, I write:

    The performance model is quite happy with these two statements, as both are part of its matrix, and can manage them with ease. The future, however, is both malleable and inscrutable, as the aleatory is a deeper part of nature than culture, and the instinctual is only mildly understood. There is no reason memetics needs to study only what will be, as it is contains a darwinian engine, which is all about moving what happened before within the conditions of the present, than about what will be. Indeed, I truly doubt there is any darwinian mechanism that can 'predict' the future of a species. This was the main error of Lamarck, considering such effects.

    - Wade

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