Re: new review of memetics/sociobiology/EP

From: Derek Gatherer (
Date: Mon 06 Feb 2006 - 08:46:21 GMT

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    >If I want to know whether someone has a particular meme then I can
    >ask them or, less directly, observe their behaviour. Behavioural
    >observation is as you say not ideal; but if you include what they
    >write/say as part of that behaviour then things become more manageable.

    Yes, I think that statistics like membership of political parties, can give us a clue to what might be happening internally. There are also opinion polls, but these are perhaps less reliable in terms of their truth value.

    > and maybe this means that the whole concept of frequencies in
    populations is too static as a means of studying memes, and we need to find something >more dynamic?

    Absolutely. But what would it be?

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