Re: Memes and population size

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Tue 08 Jul 2003 - 12:40:15 GMT

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    On Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at 05:39 AM, Keith wrote:

    > Memes are lost from generation to generation if the group is smaller
    > than the size where new meme creation does not keep up with the rate
    > at which cultural elements are being lost.

    And the venue/performer/observer model elucidates this via the limits of the containment aspects of the venue to elicit performance, as well as supplying the necessary engine to supply new meme creation. It is not simply enough to retain things in individual memory- cultural memory is not possible without venue and performance and observer- and enough interest needs to be sustained to continue and maintain performances. Cultural interest is not the same as biological survival necessity, however, unfortunately.

    The example of the Tasmanians is so clearly a working case study of the performance model that I am again satisfied I have landed on the correct side of the fence.

    Survival, in the human species, is a matter of culture, not biology.
    (This is our curse, after all.) And culture is not an island.

    - Wade

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