Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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    Hi Francesca S. Alcorn -

    >And that a thought can be an (internal)
    >stimulus to an external behavior. I gather from what you say that
    >you do not consider a thought an action.

    Nope. I'm sure there is recordable activity there. I just don't consider
    it a meme.

    >And what if the meme is a meme of *not* doing something.

    Well, if one's behavior is _not_ doing something, and their expression of
    it makes it known that they are _not_ doing something, like when I'm
    passed a joint a party and I say, no thanks, then, that's a meme.

    (But there is no meme of _not_ doing something, just like there is no
    meme of intolerance, held only internally.)

    But just sitting there not doing anything, if no-one knows you're not
    doing something, is just that. And it ain't memetic.

    >I find myself in the "meme as abstract idea" camp.

    Lots of abstractions out there. Which abstraction are you? And how do I
    know? How will you let me know?

    - Wade

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