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At 05:03 PM 26/01/02 +0000, "Price, Ilfryn" <I.Price@shu.ac.uk>
>There may be a reason for this. Humans are most susceptible to memes
>they are young. Same thing is true for other primates, the potato
>behavior spread only slowly into the older groups of monkeys in that
>Though there are exceptions in humans most older people are not so keen
>about learning new material--and in the stone age environment such a
>trait would not have been much selected.
>Possibly. However younger scientists (in this example)working in the same
>insitutions are under pressure to conform to current paradigmatic norms
>(grants, PhDs etc are then much easier to come by) so a memetic ESS has a
>tendency to self preservation, even in science.
Granted. Look at the opposition to plate tectonics and bacteria as the
cause of ulcers.
>That said, given the origin of this exchange, I do accept science has
>having more selective pressure for true explanations than other meme
Right. I have used the term "MetaMeme" for logic and the scientific
method. Over the long term (and as you point out it can take a generation)
MetaMemes exert strong selective forces on certain classes of other
memes. Phrenology as a type case.
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