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Hi Scott Chase -
>The material (clay) is basically the same, so from where stems novelty?
(Well, basically, but, don't let a potter hear you say that....)
Well, I'm being pretty straight analogizing this- the novelty in pottery
comes from the resultant glaze (unless there is some novelty in the
shaping of the clay, and that is certainly possible), and, while there is
a good degree of knowledge about how the glaze will look and form, _it is
not possible_ to know _with certainty_ what _exactly_ the glaze result
Thus, the novelty is an accident, and only happens _in the firing_ of the
And, I am also saying, that memes are novelties, and only happen in the
action of behavior, where, like in the kiln, it is not possible to know
with certainty what 'glaze' will appear on one's 'meme'.
And there are degrees of this. Mathematical formula present memes of
preciseness and reliable copyability- their kiln is universal and their
glaze compound uniform and standardized. And, many memes are such, as
indeed, the goal of culture is to standardize, as much as possible,
behaviors, and thus, rules of behavior are enforced, strengthened,
rewarded, and non-observance is punished.
Those memes that are unique are floated into a cultural pool where they
may sink or swim, or be carried upon flotation devices.... ;-)
And the mind is like unto the kiln in this analogy. Not carrying memes
around, inside, or through, but supplying and providing and holding the
processes and materials from which the meme will appear.
If one wants to call the fire of this kiln a meme, than, so they say. If
they want to call the clay itself a meme, then so they say again. And the
glaze, and the tray, and the catalysts, and the door, and even the potter
who put them all there, then so they say again. But, from my stance, they
are calling way too many things way too few things, regardless of
Because, I personally can't eat my cereal out of a bowl still in the
kiln, nor do I know if there is one in there.
But, when it is presented to me, I can choose to purchase it. And use it.
And tell others of it. And resell it, or help others to buy another one.
Et and cetera.
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