Re: Encoding

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Mon 07 Jul 2003 - 13:19:41 GMT

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    On Sunday, July 6, 2003, at 04:53 PM, memetics-digest wrote:

    > It is only necessary THAT there be SOME commonly understood encoding
    > type. And where is knowledge of it stored between transmission or
    > reception performances? Why, cognitively and internally, of course.

    The commonly understood encoding type is the language that is supplied and maintained in the venue. Knowledge of _this_ language is entirely impossible without a culture. No language is discoverable from nature, while the _possibility_ of language acquisition is an innate quality of homo sapiens sapiens. The actuality of language acquisition is culture's job. Language is not simply cognitive and internal. Thus, it is necessary that there be some commonly experienced cultural environments for understanding.

    Thus, only the meme as performance model explains the evolution of things like language and culture within human society.

    - Wade

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