Date: Fri 13 Feb 2004 - 07:12:43 GMT
In a message dated 2/5/2004 8:46:36 AM Central
Standard Time, VCampbell@dmu.ac.uk writes:
> Besides, the concept of memes is what's
> important, and surely that's what's important to get adopted, assuming one's
> in agreement with the concept. Still, if people want to cling on to their
> claims to fame...
Now I agree with a good scientific concept is more
important than the particular words coined to express it.
But what, to your present thinking specifically (as Vincent
Campbell) is "the concept of memes"? Is it simply a concept
of ideas being communicable? Or inheritable? Something
more? Something different? You should first be clear about
which concept you wish to identify by the phrase "the
concept of memes" before saying that it's important to get
it adopted. That may mean reminding us of something you
said before, or bringing it to the attention of those of us
who may have missed it. What does "the concept of memes"
mean as you use it? How did you acquire that concept? Did
earlier instances of that concept in other people play a
role (or roles) in causing you to have that concept? If so,
can you trace it back in a chain of similar causations? If
you did not re-invent the concept, how far back can you
trace such a chain of causations as leading to your own
instance of "the concept of memes"?
-- Aaron Lynch
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