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>> 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....
Alternatively the social science memeplex, especially in (all) its 'post-modern' incarnation(s) does not like the evolution meme 'muscling
That said there is a respectable 'academic' tradition of evolutionary S Science www.etss.net and some mentions of meme are appearing there
> 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....
A nice an I presume rhetorical question.
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