Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id IAA05909 (8.6.9/5.3[ref firstname.lastname@example.org] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from email@example.com); Sat, 19 Jan 2002 08:37:56 GMT Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 00:33:31 -0800 Message-Id: <200201190833.g0J8XVw28858@mail12.bigmailbox.com> Content-Type: text/plain Content-Disposition: inline Content-Transfer-Encoding: binary X-Mailer: MIME-tools 4.104 (Entity 4.116) X-Originating-Ip: [220.127.116.11] From: "Joe Dees" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Do all memes die out or evolve? I think not. Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk Reply-To: email@example.com('binary' encoding is not supported, stored as-is)
> Re: Do all memes die out or evolve? I think not.Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 02:53:51 -0500
> "Wade T. Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org> "Memetics Discussion List" <email@example.com>Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>Hi Joe Dees -
>>>Like Richard and others will mention, functionality and usefulness are
>>>nice, but hardly necessary.
>>Unless we're talking science or technology.
>Yup. For continuance, since they're being battled for accuracy (or should
>be, dammit) on a constant basis, the memes of science and technology need
>to be functional. It's nice if there's a place for them to be useful, too.
>But, the instantly attractive sometimes slide in and take up residence
>for awhile, however briefly. Cold fusion. As Keith mentioned, phrenology.
>(I think Agassiz had something to do with that, the old Harvard racist.)
>And the old stand by of paradigm shifters, plate tectonics, interestingly
>functional and useful, attractive and parsimonious, was considered too
>outré in its early presentation. So, immune systems keep out the good as
>well as stifle the bad.
But they cannot do so forever; the exigencies of reality intervene.
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