The Royal "We" (was: RE: What Meaning Means)

From: Tim Rhodes (
Date: Mon 19 Jun 2006 - 07:42:06 GMT

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    Ted wrote:

    > If we can't define memes, we don't know what it is that's diffusing and
    > adapting. All our models of distribution and frequency have no meaning
    > because we don't know what they refer to.

    Sorry, but I don't know who "we" signifies here.

    Most of us here know quite well what is referred to by the term "meme"
    (though we may squabble a tad over the details now and again).

    But to your larger point: If your supposition were to be true it would, likewise, imply that heredity could never have been understood without first gaining a clear & precise understanding of DNA.

    Nevertheless (I hate to tell you) we have thousand of years of evidence predating Watson & Crick -- from horse breeding alone! -- that can easily refute any such simplistic suppositions about knowledge acquisition & application in the big ol' messy real world we all live in.

    Think about it for a minute....

    -Tim Rhodes

    "A horse is a horse, of course, of course!"
    -Mr. Ed (CBS, 1961-64)

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