Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 09:36:59 GMT

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    >Nothing gets transmitted exactly as I thought it.
    The thought is a model of
    >something I want to do or say but the means of
    communication are so limited
    >they cannot carry the idea completely or exactly.
    >When I tell you I'm going to build a white house, the
    house I see in my mind
    >will be different from the house you see in your mind
    simply because my
    >experience with houses is different from yours. The
    model for the house I
    >envision will come from my experience and the picture
    or idea you decode
    >from my transmission will reflect your experience.
    No two people share the
    >same identical experience. Only a limited amount of
    the concept I was
    >trying to transmit will be received. Therefore, all
    transmissions of memes
    >are distorted and contain the seeds of error.

    Not exactly. The written word was invented just to
    prevent or counteract that from happening. Written
    language increases copying-fidelity.
    You can read all about in the Meme-Machine. It may
    even be anticipated that communication
    between AI computers (program exchange) yields
    even higher copying fidelity. Variation will then have
    to be inserted completely artificially to facilitate
    memetic evolution.

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