Date: Tue 05 Aug 2003 - 21:53:34 GMT
In a message dated 8/5/2003 10:48:09 AM Central Daylight
Time, Lawrence DeBivort <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I wonder whether there is confusing arising from Dawkins' terminology?
> A "replicator" should be the thing that is doing the replication, and not
> that thing that is being replicated.
> The thing that is being replicated should be called a "REPLICATEE", and the
> thing doing the replication should be called the "REPLICATOR" -- this
> reflects standard subject/object usage, unless I am mistaken.
> Does this help?
In one way, this would be more logical terminology. But the
word "replicatee" could easily be misconstrued in another
way, as referring to a person who is replicated. In any
case, the term "replicator" has already been introduced
into the literature. And scientific terms often have
technical meanings different from those of mainstream
usage. For purposes of science, it matters that the term be
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