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<<<I don't see any reason to make such fine differentiations. It is
> all minor variations on a theme of the big alpha male in the sky.>>>
<<The reason for differentiation all comes from whether you argue
> memes can be beliefs, ideas, or artefacts/behaviours. Some think that all
> three are memes. Those of us in the last group though don't accept 'belief
> in god' or the 'idea of god' to be memes at all. They are already well
> described as beliefs and ideas respectively for us g-meme supporters.>>
<The only common factor of memes is the information. Using baseball
> example, the meme is contained in the brains of those who know how to
> in rule books, could be contained in video tape. Any of these sources
> could be used to teach a group of children how to play.>
Well, the lsit has done the baseball thing a few times, and there is
certainly no agreement on where the 'baseball' meme sits, and I for one
don't see it in people's brains. For reasons why, I still haven't see any
better argument than that put by Derek Gatherer in the journal.
<"God" is a component of most western religious memes (or schemes of
> memes--I don't find the distinction very useful). As such it is
> well over a billion times. As I have mentioned before in my discussions
> baseball, one way to determine that a person "has" a meme is to see if
> can teach it. As is rather well known :-) this is certainly a feature of
> cult or religious class memes.>
Do they have to teach it well or badly- get the rules right or not?
What is satisfactory evidence of successful teaching?
<Sorry I missed the earlier discussion. I find it very had to
> understanding of memes which would leave out religious memes.>
They're not left out, but it's the religions (that is their written
doctrines, buildings clothing, and ritual behaviours) that are the memes,
not the beliefs. I have a bible sitting at home, but belief in it has never
sat in my home (well not in me anyway).
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