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

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Sun 18 Jun 2006 - 15:53:32 GMT

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    Sunday, June 18, 2006, 10:17:12 AM, I wrote:

    > 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.

    For the second time in two days I find myself having to post a retraction. Yesterday it was just fuzzy thinking, this morning I was in a bad mood and over-reacted. It does seem obvious to me that memetics is not about meaning, but of course some people do take the opposite view, and it's probably not the case that simply re-reading TSG would instantly change their minds. Dawkins was guilty of fuzzy thinking himself, in my opinion, when he included ideas in that famous list of examples.

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