Re: Wilkins on the meme:engram relation

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Date: Sun Dec 02 2001 - 22:26:43 GMT

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    On Saturday, December 1, 2001, at 06:55 AM, Scott Chase wrote:

    > Wilkins may object to my singular focus on one minor aspect of his
    > article, but I was reading his article after Gatherer's where the
    > Lynchian homoderivative mnemon and Dawkins B were discussed and my one
    > track mind may have derailed a bit. Back to the drawing board.
    Actually, Scott, I don't object. The many-many mapping from lower level
    to higher is a problem in genetics and in memetics that needs to be
    addressed. Evolutionary genes (replicators) and memes (also replicators)
    are not the same as the physical entities that are usually their
    instantiation. I am tending to see replicators as abstract entities with
    no causal role. In sum, they are bookkeeping entities, as Wimsatt once

    John S Wilkins
    PhD candidate, species concepts
    History and Philosophy of Science, jointly with Botany
    The University of Melbourne, Australia

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