Re: Robert Aunger essay

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Sun 16 Apr 2006 - 10:18:28 GMT

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    It's interesting the way this discussion has developed. The issue of the definition of the meme evolved very quickly into a discussion of "substrate neutrality". Examples where the same information is carried on different media were put forward by Kate, Keith and myself merely to emphasize the nature of information, and thus the fact that memes, as items of information, can be and are encoded not just in brains OR behavioural patterns, but in brains AND behavioural patterns AND all kinds of artifacts. That issue -- definition -- seems to me much more important -- especially given the fact that nobody has suggested that the substrate is entirely neutral. But few of us seem to be very interested in it.


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