Re: sensory and sensibility

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Sat Jan 19 2002 - 22:48:05 GMT

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    >>As the mother of a three-year-old, I think there is
    memetic stuff
    >>happening *way* before that. Especially when you
    talk about memes
    >>on a behavioral level. Maybe the way to
    operationalize this is to
    >>ask when is the first time you demonstrated
    something for your child
    >>and they copied you. No. That won't work, babies
    imitate facial
    >>expressions at birth, it is hardwired in. Perhaps
    certain types of
    >>behavior then. Manipulating objects, maybe? Is
    memetic behavior by
    >>definition learned and not hardwired? If so, how
    can you
    >>operationalize that distinction?

    The original purpose of memetic activity was to
    enhanced chances of survival of humans.
    By the Baldwin effect `cultural' humans got selected
    out. So yes, we have innate capabilities
    to function within a cultural environment. But since
    culture is so vast, rich, sophisticated and most
    importantly evolving at a high pace we have
    to learn to function in it and adapt to with it
    nonetheless. Nature has provided with an
    excellent tool to do so, the brain.



    Philip Jonkers.

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