Re: definition of meme

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Fri 13 Jun 2003 - 18:33:23 GMT

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    On Friday, June 13, 2003, at 02:07 PM, Ray wrote:

    > Can you explain the increase in creativity as anything other than a
    > cultural phenomenon?

    Creativity is a function of the human brain, and has been such a function for, as we now know, at least a few hundred thousand years, if not several.

    And, _prove_ there has been an 'increase in creativity'- as this is indeed a hand-waving claim used, in many cases, to explain why aliens
    _had_ to have been there to help poor early slack-jawed homo-not-quite-sapiens build the pyramids.

    The innate capacity for creativity in homo sapiens is not a cultural phenomenon, although culture takes advantage of it.

    Any increase in creativity would be the direct result of the increase in humanity. Cultures have to deal with such numbers, or they will perish.

    - Wade

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