From: Klaas Chielens (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 12 Apr 2006 - 10:18:52 GMT
Thank you for your comments. I have changed the front page of the
memetics introduction and have left out the 'cambridge scholar'.
I was tempted for a while to write 'writing around the children'
instead but decided against it in the end ;)
The meme-lifecycles page indeed mentions Yahoo!, This is not a
country by country distinction or anything like that but merely a
quote from Seth Godin and, in my opinion, a sign of how old his book
is... these pages are a re-write of the first chapter of my master's
thesis, which itself already dates from 2003 so maybe an update would
be a good idea and in that case google would definately replace Yahoo!.
ps. i'm not ignoring your comment on lamarckian replication, i just
need some time to brew up my answer.
On 11 Apr 2006, at 19:50, Kate Distin wrote:
>> Dear readers,
>> I have just relaunched my site at http://memetics.chielens.net/ on
>> which i try to give a basic introduction to the field of memetics
>> and also try to propagate my own research a bit. Comments are
>> ps. some of you may know that I have accepted the job as assistant
>> manager for the 'new' jom-emit. however i have not had any contact
>> with dr. Heylighen for a few months now on this matter. I do not
>> know what his further plans are. Sorry for the false hope it might
>> have created after Bruce quit his job as manager but i am afraid
>> this revival was also short-lived in the attention of the new
> Thanks, Klaas - an interesting website - and very easy to navigate,
> which is always a bonus.
> I had a couple of thoughts while browsing your Memetics 101 pages
> in particular. On the Meme lifecyeles page I was curious about
> your choice of Yahoo! as the search engine with a similar status to
> Amazon, Ebay and Hotmail. In the vocabulary of most people I know
> it's Google that's become a verb - people "google" things they want
> to research. Is this a country-to-country distinction? I'd rather
> parochially assumed that Google had achieved worldwide dominance in
> the same way that Ebay et al. seem to have done.
> I'm not sure I'd agree with the final paragraph of the Memes as
> Replicators page. Are you saying that memetic replication is
> always Lamarckian? (I *think* I'd go so far as to say it never
> is . . . hence the disagreement).
> Finally, on the Introduction page you describe me as a "Cambridge
> scholar" and I thought this was as good a place as any to clear
> that one up, as you're not the first person to make this
> assumption. My first degree is from Cambridge and I'm published by
> the CUP, but I'm not now with any university. (CUP describes me as
> "an independent scholar", which I suppose sounds better than "fits
> writing in around the children"!).
> This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
> Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
> For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)
> see: http://www.cpm.mmu.ac.uk/jom-emit
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