Re: La memetique a-t-elle change votre vie / Has memetics changed your life ?

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    On 16 Jun 2001, at 10:00, Pascal Jouxtel wrote:

    > Hello, friends.
    >
    > My name is Pascal. I am a french memeticist (are their any others ?).
    > I try to write as good an english as I can, but if any of you are
    > french-speaking, (as I have noticed Vincent is, on the Bourdieu
    > issue), they might occasionnally help me convey some subtleties. The
    > job I live on (since I am not a university researcher) is consulting
    > for large companies, and especially fostering mass cultural and
    > behavioral changes. But this is not today's issue.
    >
    > I would like to make a quick survey among people interested in
    > memetics. If you care to give a short answer, this will allow me to
    > make the question more precise.
    >
    > My hypothesis is that once you start thinking memetics, your world
    > view cannot be the same anymore. If you follow Susan Blackmore's
    > reasoning, your idea of the self is changed. If you follow Richard
    > Brodie (Hi, Richard if you are reading this) it even can lead you to
    > a further development of your personality. You probably have noticed
    > that most authors on the subject end their books by a very dizzying
    > 'facing-mirrors-like' reflexion about 'how we are going to live, now
    > that we know '.
    >
    > So to come to the point, my question is :
    >
    > 'Since you started to know about memetics, how has your inner life
    > changed ? Do you behave differently ? Do you relate to others
    > differently ? Do you practice 'weeding' ?'
    >
    > Thank you for any contributions.
    > Pascal
    > A bientot sur / see you soon on
    > www.contagions.com (french memetics website)
    > Tell your friends / parlez-en vos amis
    >
    Understanding memetic principles is kinda like taking a logic
    course. We all practice logic in our linguistic exchanges, anyway,
    but once one has explicitly studied the logical arguments that can
    be applied - and recognized in others, and the logical fallacies that
    should be avoided - and exposed in others, one's ability to use
    logic in one's language and appreciate it in the lanfuage of one's
    interlocuters is honed and grown. Likewise, we all already use
    (and are used by) memetic hooks and filters, but actually
    understanding what is happening to and through us, that is, being
    explicitly aware of the existence and nature of the process that is
    always already going on with us, allows us to increase the "used"
    proportion and decrease the "used by" proportion of that equation,
    so that we more purposefully select the memes we embrace, and
    more purposefully reject the memes we refuse, than we did before.
    Knowledge of the structure and functioning, that is, the character,
    of the process, and one's subsequent heightened conscious
    awareness of its action, increases one's degree of active and
    reactive power over it.
    >
    > ===============================================================
    > This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
    > Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
    > For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)
    > see: http://www.cpm.mmu.ac.uk/jom-emit
    >

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