Re: _Religion Explained_ by Pascal Boyer

From: Van oost Kenneth (
Date: Thu 12 Jun 2003 - 18:39:30 GMT

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    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Wade T. Smith" <> The environment is always an influence, and evolution is not possible without an environment, and the memeinthemind denies this.


    But what if the mind IS the environment !?

    I mean, what if the elegant, innate, wonderful psysical workings of the brain/ mind ( neural connections, synaptic dynamics, etc) is its own greatest influence !?

    That thus, no matter what, the external environment ( cultural/ social venues) is of less importance than your scheme suggest !?

    Wouldn 't this than not mean that culture IS within the mind and thus individualistic !? That culture is than nothing more than a result of the working of an individualistic brain, solipsistic, not holding the memes...those were to be than the things where with the mind connect itself to the external to get hold of itself.....!? We would have to explain for the artifacts that exist, but within the shema of solipsism that wouldn 't be the hardest egg to crack....



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