Re: Words and memes

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Date: Sat Feb 09 2002 - 16:08:51 GMT

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    On Saturday, February 9, 2002, at 08:44 , Lawrence DeBivort wrote:

    > Memes cannot destroy or bypass this judgement-making mechanism: to be
    > adopted they must meet its criteria for adoption.


    > This helps explain why
    > some memes are taken up by some people and not by others: our
    > heirarchies of
    > values differ person to person, as do the levels of certainty that we
    > require within our judgment-making processes.

    Yup, again.

    We are developmentally locked into opening up holes for cultural
    instantiations to fill.

    It is (I think) the place of memetics to show how the holes are fillable
    within the cultural sphere. This overlaps with developmental linguistics
    and of course with cognitive neuroscience. Who holds the umbrella is up
    for grabs, I suppose. Personally, I'd like memetics to hold it, but,
    getting the fingers of neuroscience unwrapped from the handle might be
    impossible, not to mention the greed on the part of psychology.

    - Wade

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