Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id SAA17517 (8.6.9/5.3[ref email@example.com] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from firstname.lastname@example.org); Wed, 12 Dec 2001 18:24:59 GMT Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2001 18:17:16 +0000 To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Selection pressures Message-ID: <20011212181716.A1530@ii01.org> References: <3C16810C.FE553F6E@bellsouth.net> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Disposition: inline In-Reply-To: <3C16810C.FE553F6E@bellsouth.net> User-Agent: Mutt/1.3.23i From: Robin Faichney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tue, Dec 11, 2001 at 04:56:29PM -0500, Julio Varela wrote:
> Hello all!
> I am still somewhat of a neophyte to the world of memes so
> pardon my naivete and ignorance. I've reached a critical juncture in a
> document I am writing and I realized that I've been claiming that memes
> "experience" selection pressures without really backing this assertion
> up. Do memes experience selection pressures?
Everything that exists "experiences selection pressures" in the sense
that things happen to it and within it some of which could cause it to
cease to exist.
> What are these pressures,
> from an ontological point of view? Your input in answering this question
> is greatly appreciated.
One of the main types of selection pressures for memes is competing memes,
eg alternative explanations.
-- Robin Faichney "It is tempting to suppose that some concept of information could serve eventually to unify mind, matter, and meaning in a single theory," say Daniel Dennett and John Haugeland. The theory is here: http://www.ii01.org/
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