Re: What Meaning Means (was: RE: presentation)

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Sat 17 Jun 2006 - 11:08:56 GMT

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    I think I'm basically in agreement with Tim on this, but would put it slightly differently.

    Meaning has a subjective component and therefore, strictly speaking, has no place within memetics.

    I follow Wittgenstein in viewing the meaning of language as its use in a given context. You know what a word means if and only if you know how to use it.

    It's compatible with that to say that the meaning of any behaviour or artifact is a) what's intended by the actor/producer and b) the effect on the mind of the observer/listener. Ideally, of course, these are the same. There is no "real" meaning over and above what's in these two minds. "What a word means" in the previous paragraph is a matter of convention, ie what's in many minds.

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