Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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    >From: "Philip Jonkers" <>
    >Subject: Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception
    >Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 03:57:54 -0500
    > >>As for why phrenology is not more popular in this
    >day of feng shui, your
    > >>guess is as good as mine.
    > >I said why just above. Phrenology tried to become a
    >meme within the
    > >collection of science memes. It failed to pass the
    >test. Ergo.
    >By the same token the people should discard with
    >astrology, tarot cards, cristal bolls, fortune cookies
    >and stuff like that too. But they don't. Why, that's
    >because they are use very compelling memes just as
    >religion. They offer a false sense of security just
    >as religion. Something which most people truly
    >crave for and phoney systems like horoscopes jump in
    Has memetics passed the test? I wouldn't put it in the same class as
    horoscopes and such, but it has gained many adherents. Is this because of
    its approach to objective reality or because of the compelling allure of its
    ideas, being related to "Darwinism" and "evolution". What is the power of
    the meme meme? Has the cart led the horse?

    Of the above, at least fortune cookies taste good (kinda).

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