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<When I say "even social scientists," I imply that we ordinarily
> scientists to prefer the most precise terms available when describing
> phenomena. In other words, I am suggesting that the usual preferences of
> social scientists may have been circumvented by a replication phenomenon.
Nice of you to say so Aaron. I think, however, that most social
scientists would/do baulk at the idea of memes, and cultural evolution more
widely, partly because of the field's inherent suspicion of the hard
science's muscling in on their territory (I say 'their' only because I don't
share my colleagues' suspicions), but also because amongst the various terms
in social science that are not agreed upon 'culture' is probably towards the
top of the list (up there with things like 'society' and 'theory' and many
others actually). You can imagine from that, what "fun" cultural studies is
as a field....
It seems to me that the cultural replicator ideas, in all their
forms, seems to appeal most to people who have cross-disciplinary
interests/experience. Virtually everyone on this list appears to occupy
this space- whether as lay contributors or people who've put themselves into
print on such issues like yourself. I wonder why....
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