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Hi Vincent Campbell -
>Of course whether fish really have culture or memes is, I suspect, a matter
>of some contention.
It's more a contention in some quarters to say, hmmm, with all these fish
and birds and other creatures employing behavioral algorithms, why should
we have any cause to claim _another_ mechanism (culture/memes) for our
behaviors- and could we then not say that culture is a complex formation
of these algorithms, and the admitted complication of language and
artifact-making? (Not to mention consciousness, but, that might be along
for the ride with language anyway.)
Perhaps it's more of a blunting of Occam to call into existence memes.
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