RE: Cultural Imperialism as Idea & Meme

From: Lawrence DeBivort (
Date: Wed 18 Jun 2003 - 03:28:47 GMT

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    Greetings Wade and Richard,

    Ideas 'in the brain' are not entirely hidden: we see them through the way a person expresses himself. No doubt the expression is not identical to the idea that it expresses, but it is close enough -- especially if one is trained in how to listen with accuracy, and how to interact with a person so as to elicit fairly accurate reflections of the ideas one is interested in -- to be quite usable. So we can not only know what ideas are in a person's mind, but we can track the expression of those ideas, and whether they are taken up by the mind of another.

    Cheers, Lawry

    > [WS]
    > <<And the model of memetics that defines the meme as a self-replicating
    > idea is the one most mistaken about culture. There is no way to
    > demarcate how an idea replicates, or even if such a process is
    > possible.

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