Fw: Religious Thought and Lamarckism

From: Kenneth Van Oost (Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be)
Date: Sat Dec 22 2001 - 20:57:59 GMT

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    From: "Kenneth Van Oost" <Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be>
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    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: Wade T. Smith <wade_smith@harvard.edu>
    > > 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
    > > 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
    > 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.
    > Regards,
    > Kenneth

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