Re: new review of memetics/sociobiology/EP

From: Jerry Bryson (
Date: Mon 06 Feb 2006 - 19:24:39 GMT

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    On Feb 6, 2006, at 10:15 AM, Chris Taylor wrote:

    > I think using MRI to look at memes would be a lot like using an atom
    > smasher to look at organisms...
    > Although clearly there will be correlates of things at that level.
    > Maybe these will be moods and modes rather then meme-specific things
    > though (i.e. the kind of 'pedal notes' of cousciousness).

    I was thinking of using MRI to get at some more of the stuff you get from observing behavior. Any biometric might be useful; for example blood pressure when presented with selected memes.

    > Cheers, Chris.
    > Jerry Bryson wrote:
    >> 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.

    "In theory, theory and practice are the same, but in practice, they're different."

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