Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 15:56:25 GMT

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    >Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 04:36:59 -0500
    > >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.
    I agree we are constantly coming up with ways to achieve greater efficiency
    and fidelity. But I don't think we will ever achieve perfection. Variation
    will just be reduced. Never eliminated.


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