From: Chris Taylor (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 25 Apr 2005 - 23:25:31 GMT
But what is imagination? Is it so wonderful? I think if we tried to pin
it down we might find ourselves somewhere fairly mundane..?
Bill Spight wrote:
> Dear Kate,
>> When I stress the importance of humans' ability to free information
>> from its original context, I don't mean that memes should be "context
>> free" in the sense of "independent of *any* context". As you say,
>> it's from context that information often derives much of its meaning
>> - and certainly it's context that gives us clues about appropriate
>> behaviour based on that meaning.
>> What I see as significant is our ability to move information between
>> contexts - to choose how and in what medium it should be represented.
>> It is this which has enabled human culture to develop such breadth
>> and depth. Unlike genes, which have just one medium and system of
>> representation (RS), in culture not only the information itself has
>> evolved but also its RSs and media.
> I think that it's important to distinguish between memes, as units of
> cultural transmission, with what is done with them. Human imagination is
> much more powerful and varied than animal imagination, if we may even
> speak of such. And there are kinds of memes that can only be human. But
> they constitute only part of human culture. And it's not the other way
> around. I don't know of any type of meme (unit of cultural transmission)
> in animal culture that doesn't also exist in human culture. That's why I
> think it is preferable to have a broad definition of memes, even broad
> enough to encompass animal culture.
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