Re: Kate's book/ "recessive memes"

From: Bill Spight (
Date: Thu 24 Mar 2005 - 18:14:02 GMT

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    Dear Kate,

    > By "recessive" memes, all I really have in mind is the distinction
    > between the information that we may acquire, and its effects on our
    > behaviour. I wanted to point up the fact that we can have all sorts
    > of information that we don't necessarily act upon - and by calling it
    > "recessive" I wanted to highlight the corresponding fact that it
    > nonetheless remains possible for it to exert its effects at some
    > future point, when we acquire some different memes and hence change
    > its memetic context.

    I am reminded of interpersonal games in Berne's transactional analysis
    ("Games People Play"). Berne points out that people learn all the roles of a game, even if they play only one of them. Under certain circumstances they may play other roles.



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