From: Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri 29 Oct 2004 - 14:58:05 GMT
>Incidentally, if you are in the Toronto area, I will be lecturing on
>subject November 15 (Sunday) at 1pm at the Unitarian Church at 175 St
>Ave W Toronto.
I would be interested in attending but I live in Ireland. If you have
any notes transcribed, will you post them?
-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Keith Henson Sent: 29 October 2004 03:30 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Absolutist memes
At 07:00 PM 27/10/04 -0700, Scott wrote:
>I'm not sure about compatibility, but maybe there's
>something to be said for relevance between EP and
>If memes are sui generis floaters like the socifacts
>or collective representations of Durkheim, psychology
>per se is not relevant, including evolutionary
Pascal Boyer has a good deal to say about this with respect to religious
In _Religion Explained_ he presents a list of religious stories and it
easy to pick out the ones that are religions or could be from those that
Urban legends and rumors are other examples. Some stories spread well
others not, and the ones that do can be quantified.
Like humans are genetically programmed to be receptive to learning
language, we are programmed to accept some memes far more readily than
The new idea I have been examining is that the kind of memes that
well depends on the condition, particularly the psychological condition,
the population that is host to the meme.
Incidentally, if you are in the Toronto area, I will be lecturing on
subject November 15 (Sunday) at 1pm at the Unitarian Church at 175 St
Ave W Toronto.
The talk will be about evolutionary psychology and the origin of war. I
will keep the talk short so there can be lots of interaction.
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