Re: Wilkins on the meme:engram relation

From: Kenneth Van Oost (
Date: Thu Dec 13 2001 - 10:33:55 GMT

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    From: John Wilkins <>
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    > The problem with "cultural evolution" is that the initial version, and
    > the one known under that label by the social sciences, particularly
    > anthropology, is the older positivistic Lamarckian view of evolution -
    > staged development of civilisations, progressionism, and linear
    > evolution. But if we can divest ourselves of the scala naturae version
    > of evolution that preceded Darwin, then we can usefully apply the
    > mindset of evolution to culture. This includes antiessentialism, hidden
    > hand (but not necessarily beneficent equilibria) and contingency.

    Hi John,

    << I don 't want to nitpick but if we take into consideration that each line
    of thought, each single idea, every assumption,.... does have its own place,
    does have its own niche and follows that thru', through the eons of time,
    you have ' linear ' evolution on a massive scale.
    Maybe we look upon the process of evolution as is it a synergy concept
    where it is not !?
    Maybe there are no lines which intersect, interconnect or interrelate.
    Maybe it is all in the mind of the beholder!



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