Grants theory of everything

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    Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 08:23:17 -0800
    From: "Grant Callaghan" <>
    Subject: Re: Grant's theory of Everything
    New memes grow out of old memes and the pool of memes we have available
    us as individuals, based on our past experience, limit the size of that
    pool.  Throw in the emotional attachment we have to many of our memes,
    gained from our experience, and it narrows the choice even further.  So
    although the pool of available memesis large, the life you've lived
    constrains the choices you are likely to make.  In the final analysis,
    of your choices are predetermined based on memes you already have
    with and have chosen previously with good results.  It's when you run
    into a
    situation outside of your experience with that the freedom of choice
    important.  Then, the more options you have available the greater your
    chances will be of finding a useful solution.

    Thus spake Grant ;-)>

    Experience does limit the size of the memepool, but it is still a very large
    pool, and this pool will contain memes of various fidelity of the originals.
    Some will be near perfect copies, but some will only be a pale shadow of the
    original. So instead of having choice in a new situation , you are going to
    have a choice in a vaguely familiar situation. One example would be a dinner
    party for the first time. We all have a basic idea through watching tv etc
    of the appropriiate behaviours expected, but when we actually perform it it
    will tend to feel strange and unfamiliar as it is something we have not
    performed before, and we will look around the room at other peoples
    behaviour and try to mimic theirs. So it is not just new situations where
    choice exists, but situations were we have an imperfect grasp of what is
    going on. This is where your theory may be of use.

    You wrote:

    < We see someone use a tool to get (do? - my addition) something and we try
    to use it. If it doesn’t work as we expected, we listen and try again until
    we can use it, or discard it.>

    This would straddle between the familiar and automatic and the unfamiliar
    and new.


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