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On 02/03/02 20:47, Ray Recchia said this-
>I would be curious to see an example of a 'meme' and an example of an
>'idea' that will display the distinction you are trying to make.
From my recently adopted stance, this email is a meme, and 'distinction'
is an idea. Ideas can be inferred from memes, but memes cannot be
inferred from ideas. Behaviorally, however, when a particular inference
is strongly encouraged in a culture, the appearance of memes (behaviors)
can be predicted. Thus, in a church on a Sunday, the singing of a hymn
has a high statistical chance of happening. (Although, several people
will not be singing, for whatever reasons.)
Or, in this particular moment, in this particular town, seeing and
hearing the celebratory behaviors of football fans is expected.
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