Re: "memetic realm"

From: John (
Date: Wed 29 Dec 2004 - 06:21:29 GMT

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    On 29/12/2004, at 4:46 PM, Keith Henson wrote:
    > ... Given the extent to which sociobiology had been besmirched by its
    > detractors, that goal would have been exceedingly difficult without a
    > change in label. Camouflage is a commonly used means of predator
    > avoidance.

    I disagree a little that EP is the replacement camouflage for sociobiology. There appears to be one major difference among a host of minor differences with EP and sociobiology and that is that sociobiology assumes a direct causal link between behaviour and genes, while EP allows for, and indeed spends a lot of time dealing with, the intervention between genes and behaviour by culture.

    Dr John Wilkins Head. Communication Services Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

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