Re: story-telling

From: Bill Spight (
Date: Sun 17 Apr 2005 - 15:07:17 GMT

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    Dear Keith,

    >> As Bill says, stories can be enhanced for increased memetic fitness
    >> (i.e. better able to gain and/or retain human attention) either
    >> consciously or unconsciously - and this implies that the mind is
    >> something separate from the memes that it manipulates and responds
    >> to. We have an interesting experience, but when we represent it in
    >> anecdote form (language, as you say, If) we also reshape it into
    >> the best form to grab others' attention.
    > There is a visual example of this in a book called Rumor, a page full
    > of drawings copied one from the other. It started as a drawing of an
    > own and mutated into a cat which was stable for the rest of the
    > series.

    That sounds like one of Bartlett's experiments in "Remembering". Is that the source for that series?



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