Re: Study shows brain can learn without really trying

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Date: Tue Nov 20 2001 - 16:54:47 GMT

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    On Mon, Nov 19, 2001 at 11:25:25PM -0800, Dace wrote:
    > We can speak of a proto-culture among primates, or even ants, but it's not
    > the same as human culture. The elements are there, but it hasn't "come to
    > life," so to speak. It's the seed, not the tree. Not so different from the
    > proto-capitalism of antiquity as compared to the true capitalism of
    > modernity. Memes are only really *memes* when they've germinated under the
    > heat lamp of human consciousness and, after getting buried, begin to work
    > their magic. Only then are they carriers of culture. If the replicating
    > behavior or concept is strictly a function of unreflective mentality, then
    > it's just biology. There's no need to call it a "meme." Just a simple,
    > organic habit.

    Tell me, Ted, where did you get the idea that memes are ideas? As opposed,
    say, to patterns of behaviour?

    "A prime source of meta-memes" -- inside information --
    Robin Faichney

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