From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 14 Apr 2005 - 06:12:06 GMT
--- Bill Spight <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear Chris,
> > Cultural memes can be regenerated by artefacts
> according to a posse
> > on here yes? Is pop art culture? Is 'natural' art?
> Is Nature itself?
> > Where is the demarcation between culture and
> environment? This is a
> > meaningless distinction.
> Please correct me if I am wrong, but from what you
> say, you are not
> claiming that ~memes are cultural (since 'culture'
> is meaningless). That
> is rather different from what the meme machinists
> are saying.
Do I hear grinding noises coming from the meme machine shop?
I think Aunger makes an OK argument for transmitted culture. The jukebox theorists are playing a broken record of yesteryears hits.
I'm not sure how good his numbers are, but I agree
that it's going too far to assume that cultural
differences stem merely from what's evoked by
different environments and I'm not too fond of the
comparison of culture to a thin veneer. Why couldn't
culture be a plush mattress and sturdy box spring over
a thin metal (aka genetic) frame? Or a thick pudding
on a thin plastic plate? I can agree that
"transmission happens". I'm just not convinced about memes.
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