Re: Memes Meta-Memes and Politics 1 of 3 (1988, updates 2002)

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Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 00:00:50 GMT

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    Hi -

    >I take it that giving Dawkins credit for popularizing is not meant to
    >detract from Cloak, Hamilton, Trivers, etc. either.

    Popularizers are very necessary- otherwise, I doubt laymen like myself
    would ever get a taste of these things, and, ahem, I _don't_ think that's
    a bad thing, such popularization. It only makes the sincerely curious dig

    Personally, I'm enchanted by Dawkin's wonderfully violent anti-religious
    stance (although, Vincent?, didn't the whole faith-school thing in
    England actually get through?), but, perhaps, that might be working
    against him in some quarters.

    The Selfish Gene was introduced to me by an english major back in my
    undergrad days, who insisted that I read it, way back in its first
    appearance. I don't know how he got a hold of it. I passed my copy of
    Jaynes in return to him.... I recall the dawn-discovering discussions to
    this day. Well, I don't recall them, but I recall having them....

    - Wade

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