Re: Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science

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    On Fri, Apr 20, 2001 at 11:20:38AM +0100, Vincent Campbell wrote:
    > You're right here Robin, it wasn't necessarily the best choice of phrase-
    > without qualification anyway. It's that old point that beliefs don't have
    > to be "true" and Gods don't have to exist to have effects and consequences.

    Yup. Gods are meme(plexe)s, just like Mickey Mouse, the Presidency of
    the United States and all the contents of the Library of Congress.

    > In that sense gods are still entities whether or not they really exist (in
    > the material sense of something you could, as the monkey king did in
    > 'Journey to the West', pee on. In his case he thought it was one of the
    > five pillars at the end of the universe, only to find out it was Bhudda's
    > fingers, and for his arrogance he was imprisoned under a mountain. at least
    > that's what happened in the TV version).


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