Re: RS

From: Wade Allsopp (
Date: Thu 04 May 2006 - 16:59:25 GMT

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    The way I see it, the fundamental concept is that of "pattern". Our brains are currently (and for another 20-30 years?) the most sophisticated pattern recognition processors what we know of. What makes a pattern a pattern is in essence the possibility of extending or replicating the pattern. What allows patterns to evolve is the possibility of mutation in the copying/extending process along with the ability of sophisticated pattern recognition equipment like our brains to identify and in some cases help propagate new patterns within the milieu of overlapping and interlocking patterns that constitute our world.

    What one classifies as a meme depends on whether we decide it's useful to segregate some particular pattern replication processes as being particualrly significant.

    Wade Allsopp

    On 04/05/06, Richard Brodie <> wrote:
    > Kate wrote:
    > << When we watch games and infer the rules by reflecting on what we're
    > seeing, I don't think that the baseball meme *is* being imparted. Rather
    > than being replicated, we're re-inventing it for ourselves, the basis of
    > knowledge that we bring to the situation.>>
    > If such reinventing is predictable then it is indeed (a very common form of)
    > meme replication.
    > <<Again - I think that the tune itself can come across either way, but the
    > information underlying it (was that note a B flat or an A sharp? Is the
    > music written in 3/4 time or 6/8 time? etc.) does not come across unless you
    > have the music in front of you. You can reconstruct it for yourself by
    > listening, but that isn't the same thing as replication.>>
    > Sure it is. In fact, memes evolve to more stable forms precisely because of
    > people's ability to reinvent information and fill in gaps.
    > Richard Brodie

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