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

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    In a message dated 2/11/2002 10:55:04 PM Central Standard Time, Scott Chase
    <> writes:

    > Nope. I'd like to give Cloak a serious gander, but I'd appeciate if
    > would give Julian Huxley's stuff on "noogenetics" a look for its putative
    > proto-memetic bases? I'm still hung up on his use of a term like
    > "self-reproduction" or "self-reproducing" and how this usage ties into
    > he says about mentifacts (and artifacts and socifacts) and noosystems.
    > Huxley's essays found in _Knowledge, Morality and Destiny_ (1957. A Mentor
    > Book. New American Library. New York) are "Man's place and role in nature"
    > based on a paper from 1954 and published in 1955. His essay "Evolution,
    > cultural and biological" was published in 1955. These dates come from
    > footnotes in his book.

    Thanks, Scott.

    This sounds interesting. Could you quote for us some of Huxley's material
    that would count as evolutionary cultural replicator theory, or that is the
    most suggestive of such theory?

    --Aaron Lynch

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