Re: Religious Thought and Lamarckism

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Date: Thu Dec 20 2001 - 19:52:22 GMT

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Wade T. Smith <>

    > Designing culture is what is so archly called memetic engineering, but
    > the manipulation of a few or a thousand people is not a full force social
    > experiment. Religions are. And of course, anything that is designed and
    > changed within its life span is a lamarckian process.

    Hi Wade,

    But is that than not present in any political perspective and in any social
    debate !?
    Political ideologies ( and the democratic one too) are manipulating, with
    intent or not, more than a thousand towards (in)tolerance/ disobedience/
    righteousness/ honesty/ equality/ solidarity/...
    Ideology is believing and all what is ' designed ' to support such is a
    Lamarckian process.
    The 5- year planning of the economy in the former USSR, were such
    Lamarckian processes. Designed ( chemical) new drugs to fight disease
    is another way.

    In Lamarckian terms, when there is a " need " it involves Lamarckian
    processing. The ' need ' to improve yourself, the strategies by which
    the economy is working, the need for a better product so that you can
    outline the competition,... are all Lamarckian- based processes.
    We tend to see this as the Darwinian paradigm_ natural selection can do
    the same trick
    Darwins theory may indeed have won the race, but Darwin himself
    never give up the idea of use- inheritance.
    Even Dawkins mentions this !

    Lamarck 's theory is misrepresented and misinterpreted.



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