From: Van oost Kenneth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat 12 Jul 2003 - 13:10:36 GMT
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wade T. Smith" <email@example.com>
> On Sunday, July 6, 2003, at 04:53 PM, Joe wrote:
> > You're still missing the point that all of the DIFFERENT methods can
> > communicate the SELFSAME MEME.
Any culture, like any organism is due to the specifications of whereby
it can survive, live.
The permitted differences are so small and the necessity to maintain
those is so high, necessary to survive, that organisms and thus IMO
thus cultures, need innate automatic regulation- mechanisms within
which will guarantee that life- threatening differences will not occur,
ar at least will be corrected.
In other words, not only culture shows a remarkable level of in-
variability, but cultures also possess mechanisms to keep variation
to a minimum_ that's why the many forms under which remerbering
your birhday occur, that is why the selfsame meme can be communi-
cated by all those different mehods.
The invariability of remerbering your birthday must be maintained,
that is of importance.
Culture, needs a continious and dynamic process to maintain its
own existence, it needs identities which vary not that much,
actions or performances which can communicate the selfsame
meme will do the trick.
That cultures need thereby human beings to perform is above
any doubt, culture needs our body and mind like they are to
get going. The human being, like the organism it is, is within
the specific parameters of its existence the perfect vehicle
to transfer what culture relies upon to survive.
If we had, 2 heads, 4 arms and 4 legs, 100 eyes, culture,
if ever, will be different.
That the type of encoding performance is unimported is
false IMO. That people, are more likely to search the web
for info about memetics, instead of buying a book about it,
is of importance to the distribuion of the memes.
Selfsame or not, those on the web will prospere, the others
are likely to die out. Oh, the info is the same, but the sound
of turning the pages, the smell of the paper, the joy of having
the book in your hands,... will be lost !
Is that the price you 're willing to pay !?
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