Re: Encoding

Date: Fri 11 Jul 2003 - 02:23:54 GMT

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    >exactly the same message can convey different meanings to different people

           Just wanted to make a quick comment on this statement. Even if a message is transferred with 100% accuracy, it still does not carry the same meaning to everyone. That is to say, that even if the physical pattern representing a meme is transferred perfectly from one mind to the next, this does not neccessarily entail agreement on the signifigance of the idea. It is important to distinguish between errors in communication, and differences in interpretation. It is common to see these two things confused. It all comes down to the memetic interpretation of the two fundamental types of disagreements: disagreement in attitude and disagreement in belief. With disagreement in belief being an instance in which you do not share a meme(plex) with someone, and disagreement in attitude being an instance when you share a meme(plex), but do not share the interpretation of it. I think for the most part when an effective communicator attempts to transfer a meme the recipient(s) are given the meme, with only negligible errors. The interesting part is observing how the interpretation of the meme changes depending upon the prior conditioning of each learner.
        Perhaps my interpretation is flawed, or maybe I'm putting to much stress on this idea, but to me, it's important to include the recognition of this in any commentary on memetics. If you think I'm wrong feel free to educate me, I'm merely a humble high school graduate, yet to attend my first year of college.

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