Re: Replicator article

From: John Wilkins (
Date: Fri 07 May 2004 - 01:09:49 GMT

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    On 07/05/2004, at 11:02 AM, Liane Gabora wrote:

    > Hi John,
    > Thanks for your message! I remember reading and enjoying some of your
    > work.
    > I'm not sure what you mean by the 'traditional sense' of worldviews.
    > I just mean someone's inner conception of the world they live in. In
    > other words, not just their memories, but how they've made sense of
    > their memories.
    Hmm. I mean an elaborated system of beliefs that is reflectively maximally coherent, and rationally reviseable.

    Your inner world (or model?) conception still implies to me a unity that I think we do not have (and would be paralysed by if we had it). I think Minsky had it right - we are each a community, a population of ideas and propensities. In *that* sense, we are a deme of memes, and there is a selection process going on within our heads as well as between our heads.

    Dr John S Wilkins
    Head, Communication Services
    The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
    Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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