From: derek gatherer (email@example.com)
Date: Fri 21 Nov 2003 - 15:50:15 GMT
> We can observe the phenotypic effect of memes, and
> from that deduce the symbolic structure behind them.
I think we can observe human behaviour and then
attempt to put some psycho-social explanation on it,
but people have been doing that since Vico.
> I accept this criticism. However, It seems to me
> that too much of the work that has been done, is
> dependent on the gene analogy
Haploid genetics is used as a strong analogy for
strictly vertical transmission, but the more
complicated situations are elaborated by CS/F/L etc in
ways that go far beyond that. The dependence is not
on the gene analogy, but rather on a more fundamental
assumption that cultural traits are more or less
constant phenotypic traits of individuals.
> What do you mean by "therefore an
> evolutionary transition beyond the analogue
> evolution of human culture," I'm confused about your
> use of the word analogue, do you mean that this is a
> separate evolution?
Yes that's what MS and S mean. Linguistic information
is analogue and computer code is digital.
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