Re: I find it sad yet hilarious...

From: Jeff Drabble (
Date: Mon 08 Sep 2003 - 22:22:14 GMT

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    On Mon, 8 Sep 2003 14:32:57 -0700, you:

    >I joined this mailing list about a week ago, hoping to first listen in on
    >and then eventually join in discussions surrounding the concept of memes and
    >the development on memetics. My problem with your posts is not the politics
    >of them, but the vague and undeveloped ways in which you relate your
    >interpretation of current issues to memetics. You do use words like
    >"memebot" and "memeplex" in some of your posts, and while I think new
    >vocabulary is super-fun, I also think you should at very least spend some
    >time with each of your posts relating what makes it relevant to this mailing
    >list. The concept that ideas spread is not new to memetics, and if people
    >post every article which contains in it something about the spread of a
    >particular idea or the development of an idea, or the definition of an idea,
    >etc., then this list will be innundated with links to articles and peices of

    I also subscribed about a week ago and was about to unsubscribe for these very reasons. I often look forward to a television show coming that purports to further our understanding of some scientific issue and am usually very disappointed by the hollow, surface-scratching, results-rather-than-causes presentations which emerge (doesn't stop me watching in hope for the odd gem, though).

    As I started to read what was posted to this list I was rapidly getting the feeling that the same thing was happening here. I'll now stay a little longer to see what emerges. So far, people just seem to be taking positions, which, to me, is as far as you can get from scientific discovery and the propagation of ideas from the results of that discovery.

    There should be a lot more questions and fewer people who are adamant that their take is the real deal. In my experience finding the answer to a question opens up ten more, equally perplexing and interesting questions. Those who just dish out the "answers" are as close-minded as those who grasp at religion to steady their anxiety about the world and their place in it.

    Jeff Drabble

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