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On Saturday, January 26, 2002, at 06:44 AM, Scott Chase wrote:
> I'm not even going to attempt a total botching of Kimura's neutral
> theory. That's what we have Wilkins for.
I *think* I am miffed here.
Anyway, Kimura's theory is about molecular substitutions, not phenotypic
(in the memetic case, behavioural) drift. They do sometimes get
confused. It would be equivalent to the forums in which memes are
transmitted changing stochastically but not affecting the overall
outcome. Atran and others have suggested that memes are like "attractor
points" in the semantic phase space - I wonder if that might have an
element of truth (not as they propose it).
-- John S Wilkins Head, Communication Services The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Parkville, Victoria, Australia
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