Re: ply to Grant

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    At 07:52 AM 14/01/02 -0800, you wrote:
    >Hi, Jeremy.
    >I like most of your ideas but I'm puzzled by some. What is the nature of
    >the "mapable code," for instance? And why do you call our linguistic system
    >I've personally run into the problem of being called a "barbarian" in China
    >and a "foreign devil." This xenophobic attitude pervades China at every
    >level, with villagers I encountered sometimes coming up short, taking a
    >step back and exclaiming, "Aiyo! Yang Gui." which means approximately, "Oh
    >my. A foreign devil!"

    OK Grant
    I will try to answer both of your questions in brief as my time is occupied
    with caring for my mother, renovating an old house, helping with my
    grandchildren, preparing for my doctorate and trying to have a life with my
    Unlike many on the list i think that we have only a few memes. These memes
    are the fundamental building-blocks of sense-making within a culture. Each
    culture has its own modes of making sense of their circumstance and pass
    these on in the form of narrative elements. These narrative elements
    pervade all of a culture's artefacts and, I would suggest, identify items,
    ethics and behaviours as valid or invalid within that culture depending on
    the presence or lack of the element in the artefact.
    I can send you, as a Word6 attachment, an excerpt from my honours thesis
    which shows the 'map' of the cultural memes for the English colonists and
    the Australian indigenes. It is based on anthropological, cultural and
    narratological works.
    Your second question is linguistic and I would like to dodge a long debate
    on an area in which I have only moderate expertise. However you could check
    out baby Bush's State of the Union Address for examples of linguistic
    binarisms ( with us or against us, good v/s evil, etc). These binarisms are
    seen in Western cultures as normal rhetoric. Or you could try some of Noam
    Chomsky's earlier works.
    As for being a "foreign devil" in China, your observations of xenophobia
    should also include such friendly usanian terms such as 'slopes' 'gooks'
    and 'chinks'. Maybe you just weren't on the same meme team as each other

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