From: Lawrence DeBivort (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 06 Aug 2003 - 00:48:00 GMT
I do wish Dawkins had been a bit more thoughtful about language. Maybe he
didn't anticipate that "memes" would excite as much interest as it did, so
hurried on to the main themes he was exploring.
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> Subject: Re: Defining the word "replicator" (was Re: Silent memes)
> In a message dated 8/5/2003 10:48:09 AM Central Daylight
> Time, Lawrence DeBivort <email@example.com> 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?
> > Cheers,
> > Lawry
> Thanks, Lawry.
> 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
> clearly defined.
> --Aaron Lynch
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