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

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Sun 18 Jun 2006 - 09:17:12 GMT

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    Saturday, June 17, 2006, 11:34:09 PM, Ted wrote:

    > Tim,

    Scuse me for jumping in, both of you, please, but this annoys me.

    >> Ted wrote:
    >>>It's a core belief of memetics that cultural meaning is
    >>>contained in artifacts such as books, musical scores,
    >>>game rules, etc.
    >> This statement seems incorrect to me,

    > Yes, I should have said "prevalent" belief. The other commonly-held belief
    > is that memes are in brains, which fails for the same reason, namely that
    > brains are physical objects and obey the identity principle, whereas memes
    > entail representation, i.e., A = B. Memes exist in minds and nowhere else.

    You're equating memes with meaning, which is simply wrong. You should go right back and read the last chapter of The Selfish Gene again. Or for the first time, as the case may be. I don't know where you get the nerve to lecture people in a specialist area of which you are so woefully ignorant.

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