From: Bill Spight (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu 24 Mar 2005 - 01:20:31 GMT
> I certainly think that Blackmore, for example, makes too much of
> imitation - she seems to *define* it in such a way that it's the only
> means of memetic transmission, and I don't agree with that.
Yes. By doing so I think she is true to Dawkins's original idea, but
Dawkins admittedly was talking as a layman in social learning.
> But I do agree with writers like Richard Byrne and Anne Russon, who
> talk about different levels of imitation, some of which are more
> complex than others, so I wouldn't dismiss the role of imitation
Oh, no! Probably most social learning is via imitation. Most things are
caught, not taught.
Thanks for addressing my questions. :-)
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