From: Keith Henson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri 05 May 2006 - 19:14:14 GMT
At 10:33 AM 5/5/2006 +0100, Chris wrote:
>Now despite that rant I'm split on this; as a memeticist of sorts I am
>delighted to see all this novelty springing from this (linguistic)
>innovation; just like bicycles or butterflies or brands -- innovate,
>capitalise, make variations on the basic theme to create/discover/fill as
>many niches as possible blah blah blah. And I do get a good laugh out of
>some of them. It's all fun in the end, with that hat on.
>However, I simultaneously see it as misleading nonsense that is deployed
>in an attempt to smear kudos on otherwise mundane work. I don't claim that
>the work being done is valueless, just that this stupid distraction of
>delineating and rebranding what is fundamentally just a region of the
>multidimensional bioscience continuum is confusing to some, wastes space
>and time and generates ridiculous turf/ownership scraps where someone will
>invent a new omics just because the one they would have gone for is
>'controlled' by a big name they don't like, or simply didn't involve them
>from the start.
>This is as cringe-making as the physicists with that 'brane thing --
>basically it's an attempt to be 'cool' in some weird way, to appear
>cutting edge and savvy. Let's leave 'cool' to the teen magazines.
I have over the last ten years or so added this big hammer, evolutionary
psychology, to my tool box. Admitting that to a guy with a hammer
everything looks like a nail, let me take a swat at it.
"Cool," "big name," "turf/ownership scraps" all relate to primate
status. It is easy to see how a psychological trait to seek attention
(where the integral of attention is status) would arise--in males anyway, i.e., no status, no nooky, no nooky, no kids.
Now speaking as the person who coined "memeoid" and "capture-bonding" (I
took out the sorry numbers they show on Google) I must say that there is a
flavor of status associated with having done so. The fact that the
increased status has not resulted in a large number of extra wives, "extra
pair" matings and dozens of children is *entirely* due to the mismatch
between the EEA and the modern environment.
Well, to be honest, it might also have something to do with spending my
spare time staring at a tube rather than picking up chicks at singles
But you get the drift, it's a feature, not a bug, and you will just have to
deal with it.
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