Re: meme as catalytic indexical

From: Dace (
Date: Sat 24 Jan 2004 - 21:55:54 GMT

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    > From: M Lissack <>
    > Darwin mechanics can be tested.
    > The meme as replicator mechanics
    > cannot.

    The mechanism of natural selection is tested exactly the same way as the mechanism by which memes are selected-- through case studies in the historical record. For instance, mammals were better adapted than dinosaurs to the earth's climate 65 million years ago due to a meteorite impact that resulted in reduced vegetation growth.

    There's no other way to test whether or not evolution proceeds according to environmental selection. You simply have to match up species adaptations with the environments that existed at the time the adaptations were made. So too, the adaptations of memes must be matched up with changes in the cultural environment. The meme itself is not the replicator mechanism but the cultural environment.


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