Re: definition of meme

From: Ray Recchia (
Date: Fri 13 Jun 2003 - 00:25:13 GMT

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    At 02:18 PM 6/12/2003 -0400, you wrote:

    >On Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 01:33 PM, Ray wrote:
    >>Certain cultures
    >>encourage and channel creativity and reward members who engage in creative
    >>activity while others discourage and punish it.
    >That's agreeing with me, wholeheartedly. You are wonderfully describing a
    >quality of a cultural venue.
    >>Science is a meme that is
    >>about generating and filtering new memes. Democracy exists as process for
    >>resolving public policy differences based upon the rule of the majority,
    >>but if there were no such large scale differences we wouldn't need it.
    >>In the last few centuries ideas and new cultural elements have been
    >>introduced at unprecedented levels. I don't that is accounted for by our
    >>in our genetic makeup. Instead what we have is the flourishing of memes
    >>that encourage and promote the generation of new ideas.
    >All the above, is, however, just hand-waving.
    >- Wade

    That's a completely worthless statement. Calling it hand waving doesn't explain it away in any form. Can you explain the increase in creativity as anything other than a cultural phenomenon?

    Ray Recchia

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