Re: Fw: sex and the single meme

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Wed Feb 06 2002 - 04:20:59 GMT

  • Next message: Wade T.Smith: "Re: Meme bonding"

    Received: by id EAA18601 (8.6.9/5.3[ref] for from; Wed, 6 Feb 2002 04:26:25 GMT
    Subject: Re: Fw: sex and the single meme
    Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 23:20:59 -0500
    x-mailer: Claris Emailer 2.0v3, Claritas Est Veritas
    From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
    To: "Memetics Discussion List" <>
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
    Message-Id: <>
    Precedence: bulk

    Hi Philip Jonkers -

    >I can't see why instinct has anything to do
    >with meme-processing.

    I'm sure the brain has instincts- reactions we can't do a thing about,
    and I'm sure perception, if it doesn't depend upon them, is easily
    affected by them.

    Instinct is part of us, and as such, is part of how we perceive, and
    perception is a big part of meme processing.

    It is part of our processes, and thus, part of our memetic process.

    That was all. Didn't mean it to be anything else.

    >If instinct was that important wouldn't more
    >animals have developed a culture too?

    As for animals developing cultures, well, depends upon what you call
    culture. A termite heirarchy, with all its parts, is a very unique
    adaptation of evolution. Could it be called a culture? What parts of it
    could be extended to produce our cultural processes? Is a chimpanzee
    troupe a culture, with all of its social intrigues and grooming
    practices, the sexual heirarchies and groupings? What parts of their
    behavior could be part of our cultural processes? IMHO, I see no reason
    whatsoever to call anything any other animal does culture, but, surely,
    there are enough foreshadowings and processes within other species for
    some studiers to have doubts.

    Of course, much of human development is considered to be things we've had
    to do because we _don't_ rely upon instinct....

    - Wade

    This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
    Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
    For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Wed Feb 06 2002 - 04:35:23 GMT