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>On Tuesday, January 8, 2002, at 02:40 , Grant Callaghan wrote:
>>It's not just good to fit in, it's a need
>That might well be true. Probably is.
>Which usually leads me to wanting to know what culture is, apart
>from behavior around needs like these...? And how, (do we need a
>how?), to separate or distill memes from this?
>And then, thinking these things, I get all flopped over to the
>'memes are bunkum' side of the fence for awhile. So far, a few
>encounters with folks from the other camp leaves me on top of
>the fence again....
Culture is the accumulation of memes over time. Needs are why we borrow,
invent, use, and discard them. When a baby cries, mommy sticks a nipple in
its mough. The need is satisfied. That was a meme he used. When it
doesn't work anymore, he stops using it. He finds new memes that work
better. That's the process in a nutshell. At least, that's my theory.
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