Re: Individual - Collective / digest V1#1480

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Wed 25 Feb 2004 - 04:05:20 GMT

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    >From: Steven Thiele <>
    >Subject: Re: Individual - Collective / digest V1#1480
    >Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 10:19:12 +1100
    >At 06:22 PM 24/02/2004 -0500, you wrote:
    >>At 09:12 AM 25/02/04 +1100, Steven wrote:
    >>> but if its practitioners are unwilling to enter into dialogue with
    >>Pot, kettle.
    >>Keith Henson
    >My dialogue with memetics is my contribution to this site. It may not be to
    >everyones' liking, but this is not the issue.
    It's good to see someone else posting here who's not afraid to be critical of memetics. Your background could give you a fresh perspective on memetics, a sort of "intellectual outbreeding" if you don't mind cheesy biological analogies.

    My "dialogue" with sociology is currently limited to a couple crusty oldies who probably aren't all that relevant nowadays, especially Lucien Levy-Bruhl. His _How Natives Think_ might be a bit archaic (and ethnocentric) by today's standards. He does start off, though, by saying
    (page 13) that collective representations (my current idee fixe) are "common to the members of a given social group" and "transmitted from one generation to another".

    Is there truly anything new under the sun? See previous posts of mine on the proto-memetic ideas of Julian Huxley.


    Lucien Levy-Bruhl. 1985. How Natives Think. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey

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