Re: Modes of Transmission

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    On Wed, Jan 16, 2002 at 08:37:57AM -0500, 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

    Robin Faichney
    alt.m: "Memes do not exist. Tell everyone you know."
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