Re: what is a meme?

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Wed 04 Feb 2004 - 02:19:22 GMT

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    At 02:21 PM 03/02/04 +0000, Scott wrote:

    snip (amusing rant hard to take entirely seriously)

    >Also, under AOB, I'd like to completely dissociate myself from the dark
    >side of biology trying to _help_ explain all this, i.e. evolpsych, which
    >should imho confine itself to studies of brainstem-related stuff (primal
    >fear, basic pattern recognition and so on), and what effect that has on
    >minds constructed of memes (the commensalistic/parasitic,
    >telencephalically based us).

    But if I were to take the last paragraph seriously, I would have to object that evolutionary psychology per se does not study *anything.*

    "The goal of research in evolutionary psychology is to discover and understand the design of the human mind. Evolutionary psychology is an approach to psychology, in which knowledge and principles from evolutionary biology are put to use in research on the structure of the human mind. It is not an area of study, like vision, reasoning, or social behavior. It is a way of thinking about psychology that can be applied to any topic within it.

    "In this view, the mind is a set of information-processing machines that were designed by natural selection to solve adaptive problems faced by our hunter-gatherer ancestors. This way of thinking about the brain, mind, and behavior is changing how scientists approach old topics . . . ."

    Keith Henson

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