From: Kenneth Van Oost (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 16 May 2005 - 19:37:43 GMT
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From: Kate Distin <email@example.com>
> I agree with you that information can be more or less relevant depending
> on the circumstances - or to put it another way the memes will be more
> or less successful in gaining/retaining human attention depending on the
> context. Also, as you imply, there is a moral element to the choices we
> make about which information we act on.
<< Oh, but I think that we even not take notice of the moral part of or in
our decisions. Most of them are elements of the moment, with no time to
think about the consequences.It is something within the moment that makes
us wonder, alarms us...something retained within our upper nutshell makes
that we become alarmed if the context within something is said or done
isn 't the one we can reflect on.
If the kid who wants to join the karate- club, wants to know when the
lessons about striking down someone will begin, the teachers his nutshell
to tremble and will act more " moral " than usual.
In a sense, yes, the teachers his memes are succesful and are in a way
gained by former applications of the wrong kind and are so retained, re-
trieved and represented if needed.
> I think this ties in with my view that the thing that marks out memes is
> not how they are replicated (imitation or otherwise) but something about
> their content.
<< Hm....I would say yes, but I would add something more, their content
is important in order to get in one way or another our attention, but also
in the way the content is expressed is important.
Telling the same story, in ways it becomes a joke, telling it in a furious
in a rage, really mad or with a soft voice, adding a lot of strong words,
swearing, expletive, etc. and you will get different versions of the same
But what will be remerbered !? What do you remerber !? I would say not
the good things, life goes by by the bad, nasty things.
Nasty, harmful stuff, stuff that you weeped over, the friend who died, the
love lost, the fights, the quarrels about sweet nothings,...how hard isn 't
remerber how pleasant it was that walk in the park, barefoot on the roof,
that summer in the city, that stairway to heaven !?
Evolution of life, and thus in a way evolution of culture goes by the sense
of Dichotomy where the negative is the motor/ cause to do something
positive, to think, to act upon something, to react,...to come to one
to find a concensus, to talk, to discuss, to negotiate....to find piece
again one grazy, shifted guy drops another bomb....
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