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From: Price, Ilfryn (I.Price@shu.ac.uk)
Date: Fri 13 Feb 2004 - 15:28:33 GMT

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    >But other than the exact events that started hominids using broken rock to
    get more of that delicious meat, there is an awful lot of evidence from about 2.6 million years ago that a bunch of hominids started making a heck of a lot of stone tools. I found the article I was looking for:>

    A plausible cladogram starting with undifferentiated artisanship (lumps of rock) and ending with various subsets of moder manaufacturing technology can incidentally be created. See

    McCarthy, I., Lessure M., Ridgway K., and Fieller M., (1997) Building a manufacturing cladogram. Int. J. Technology Management, 1/3 269-286

    McCarthy, I., (1998) Cladistics: a tool for analysing organisational evolution Proceedings of the Organisations as Complex Evolving Systems Conference, U of Warwick pp. 63-72


    >Since you *are* a sociologist, you have standing to say for the community
    that sociology and sociologists are hostile to memetics, but I think you should note that memetics is *taught* in some sociology courses>

    See www.etss.net for a whole lot more, including discussion about the potential of memetics but a lot more evoluionary thining in social sciences.

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