Re: new review of memetics/sociobiology/EP

From: Jerry Bryson (
Date: Mon 06 Feb 2006 - 14:21:20 GMT

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    On Feb 6, 2006, at 3:46 AM, Derek Gatherer wrote:

    >> 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?

    Half the world is using MRI lately. What would a meme look like in a brain scan?

    'Mother, may I go maffick, Tear around and hinder traffic?

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