Re: Durkheim redux

From: Bill Spight (
Date: Wed 13 Apr 2005 - 15:42:35 GMT

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    Dear Scott,

    > Yet what about the so-called "benign user illusion" or
    > the notion that "self" is but a memeplex?

    The meme only view has been plainly refuted by a simple experiment. If you ask a young child who is naive about such things to take a small stone in hand, run by a box, and drop the stone into the box, the first time around the child will let go of the stone when it is directly over the box. The child plainly believes that the stone will drop straight down, ignorant of the inertial effect of running. This belief is not memetic. Not only has it not been transmitted to the child, it differs from the cultural meme which is taught in school.



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