Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

From: Ray Recchia (
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 10:47:11 GMT

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    Hi Pieter and welcome,

    I will take a stab at your questions.

    At 10:05 AM 1/10/2002 +0200, you wrote:
    >I am new to this list and also, except for a few magazine
    >articles over the last couple of years, a novice in the field of
    >memetics. My academic background, although somewhat antiquated,
    >covers subjects like Linguistics, Psychology and Education.
    >It is possible that you have covered the following questions in
    >the past, in which case I shall appreciate it if you could give
    >me some guidance as to where I can delve in the archives:
    >1. Does all knowledge consist of memes or memeplexes?

    No. Knowledge is a meme only if it is acquired by transmission from
    another organism. Learning about the environment through other means does
    not create memes unless that learning is then transmitted. Some on this
    list would argue that 'knowledge' should not be regarded as a meme at all
    because of problems characterizing what an organism knows. For those who
    follow this rule only 'behaviors' which are acquired from organisms are
    memes. In either case though transmission would be required

    >2. Are all memes received/perceived through sensory
    Yes. Since they have to be acquired from others. Some internal processes
    will have to occur during the acquisition process and in fact it may be
    some time after the perceptive event occurs that the meme is fully
    acquired. So for example, someone may show you how to skate but you may
    have to work at it for a while before you can duplicate their actions.

    >3. Is it also possible to acquire memes through experience,
    >where the knowledge is not the direct result of recent

    I think I have covered this in 1 and 2.

    >Any explanation, reference to websites or other media will be
    >sincerely appreciated.
    >Pieter Bouwer

    Ray Recchia

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