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On Wed, Jan 16, 2002 at 08:37:57AM -0500, AaronLynch@aol.com wrote:
> In general, "sameness" and hence replication occur only with respect to
> abstractions. So one must be clear about whether the abstraction one is using
> is an abstraction of memory items, and abstraction of external behaviors, or
> an abstraction of artifacts.
An abstraction does not have to be "of" any particular type of thing.
If memes are considered *encoded* in patterns of behaviour and of neural
activity, and in artifacts, then the *same* abstraction can be seen as
encoded in a thought and the behaviour and artefact that correspond to it.
It seems clear to me this has to be the best way to view the meme.
For a lengthier explanation see http://www.ii01.org/culture.html
-- Robin Faichney alt.m: "Memes do not exist. Tell everyone you know." inside information -- http://www.ii01.org/
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