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From: "TJ Olney" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Two things to clear up here, 1) the difference between predisposition and
> determinancy. And 2) These two things are of different logical types and
> must be treated at the appropriate logical level.
That is an important distinction, and helps to explain how predisposition can
become determinacy via cultural feedback and evironmental reinforcement. In
this way, memetics may amplify and augment genetics (though sometimes they
conflict for ideological reasons).
> If genetic selection favors males who gravitate toward powerful tools that
> can be wielded as weapons, then genetics are determining a predisposition.
> If that set of genes are raised in a memepool with access to and beliefs
> about using such weapons, then we have Robin's situation.
I know what you mean, but I can't help myself... The situation of Robin
wielding powerful tools as weapons makes me re-think what I wrote to him. τΏτ
> There is no biological reductionism. I recommend Lynch's treatment of this
> difference in regard to homosexuality in Thought Contagion.
Thanks for the reference.
Lynch comments at:
Online chapter at:
> A further muddling occurs in Robin's statement when he asserts the
> interpretation of a gun as a "phallic power symbol." To the extent that it
> is such a thing, that is memetic. The physical power embodied in it as an
> explosive killing device is something quite different.
Indeed, this example (gun as phallic symbol) could serve as a way of defining
Thank you for that.
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
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