From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 23 Apr 2005 - 18:27:22 GMT
--- Bill Spight <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Dear Scott,
> >>> Hebb's work still stands up. It's classic.
> > He talks about reading books too. He was saying
> > one might read something like a mysstery novel
> > But after finishing it how likely are you to want
> > go and re-read it again?
> Well, did Chesterton or Sayers write it? :-)
This also impacts my likelihood of rewatching my DVd's of previous 24 seasons. I rewatched the first two seasons with a friend, but haven't yet rewatched the third. After knowing the outcome the suspense dissipates. But I think Hebb said that one might revisit stuff previously exposed to after the lapse of some time. I rematched _Space:1999_ on DVD and videotapes checked out from a library a couple years ago and was amazed that I couldn't remember much of what I worshipped as a kid. I rewatched the original
_Battlestar Galactica_ and think I remembered more of this one. I've got mixed feelings on the new version, but think the new Starbuck is much easier on the eyes
I read the book _Logan's Run_ as a kid. On a recent
re-read only one scene was memorable I think and it
had sexual content. Go figure.
> > More germane to hat I posted in reply to Kate, if
> > do only read it once and aren't motivated to
> > it and you tell a friend about it, have you
> > its content or have you transformed and/or
> > it? From what I vaguely recall of Bartlett people
> > to mess upp the story a tad here and there in the
> > retelling and when the story gts passed down a
> line of
> > people who haven't read it first hand what will
> > happen? At the end of say 10 people in succession,
> > could we say that the content has been replicated
> > transformed? Maybe vivid sexual element might
> > to our innate erotic modular stuff and get passed
> > with more fidelity.
> If I were designing an introductory undergraduate
> memetics course,
> Bartlett would be one of the texts. The fact that
> declarative memory is
> reconstruction does not bother me. After all,
> variation is one of the
> pillars of evolution.
But so is fidelity...
> Fun quiz: Fill in the blank.
> Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him _____
> (For answers, see the P. S.)
> > Lashley torpedoes the idea of a homunculus too,
> > not in the same way Blackmore did. I think he goes
> > back to something William James had said. He even
> > something about ideas thinking themselves.
> That was Nietzsche's reply to Descartes' "cogito
> ergo sum". The Dinka
> people, who live at the headlands of the Nile,
> attribute agency to the
> thought, rather than the individual. See Lienhardt,
> "Divinity and
> Experience: The Religion of the Dinka" (Oxford
> Clarendon Press, London,
It's amazing what the poor little guy had anticipated. The id. I think I found a parallel to Jung's anima somewhere in his works. Gould credits him with delineation between historic origin and current utility.
> P. S. Quiz answers.
> 1) Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well.
> I think that this is what most people would
> 2) Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio:
> What Shakespeare wrote. Extra credit for the colon.
> Hamlet goes on to describe Yorick. He indeed knew
> him well. ;-)
> #1 seems to be the predominant variant. (Are these
> the same meme? I
> would say yes. Others, I'm sure, disagree. ;-) ) #1
> is fitter. How come?
Not big on Shakespeare here. Good example though.
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