Re: Words and memes

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    Hi Joe Dees -

    >>I would only add that behavior itself is the last requirement.
    >But not the only one; for artifact or behavior prompted behavior to be
    >anything other than random movements, it requires nonrandom instruction,
    >that is, meaningful instruction such as meaningful behavior to copy or
    >follow (a behavior that results from a verbal instruction produces the
    >meaning encoded in the instruction, rather than reproducing the act of
    >mouthing the instruction) or meaningful artifactual (say, written)
    >instruction to follow. And all communications are performances, but all
    >performances are not communications. All sayings are doings, but not all
    >doings are sayings.

    Yup. Notice you never mentioned the dreaded 'm' word.

    The found object is not memetic until it is discovered.

    - Wade

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