How memes function [was Kuhn & paradigms

Dr I Price (
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 05:14:11 -0400

Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 05:14:11 -0400
From: Dr I Price <>
Subject: How memes function [was Kuhn & paradigms
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Bill observes

>Historians of science have pondered this question. That's what Thomas
was up to when he came up with the notion of a paradigm. Some people, in
fact, give up one paradigm in favor of another. More often, though, thos=
holding the "old" paradigm die, leaving more "cultural space" for adheren=
of the new paradigm. It seems that on really deep and fundamental matter=
few of us ever change our minds, opps, I mean memes.<

I think paradigms in science give us a useful example of how memes functi=
[Read David Hulls Science as a process if you have not done so].

The successful paradigm - which as you say might be considered a memetic
species, or perhaps the memome of one, - underpins or enables a whole
structure of journals, institutes, careers, tenured positions, grants,
research programmes etc, in which all the human members have an apparent
vested interest in the paradigms perpetuation. Heretics are excommunicate=

Incidentally - and here I have to refer you to my papers at the site
referenced below - the process of paradigm change and organisational
innovation shows a distinct flavour of speciation in peripheral isolates,=

and ounctuated equilibrium.

If Price
Active Personal Learning, Guildford UK

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