From: Tim Rhodes (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 19 Jun 2006 - 07:42:06 GMT
> 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....
"A horse is a horse, of course, of course!"
-Mr. Ed (CBS, 1961-64)
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