Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 06:18:36 -0400
From: Paul Marsden <PMarsden@compuserve.com>
Subject: RE: What does the replicating?
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William L. Benzon wrote in reply to Brodie:
>>Remember, the key thing about memetics is the thesis that the
>>future will be full of culture with "good memes" -- memes that replicat=
>Without an explicit account of "goodness" this is circular.
Only if you take a normative view of good that is is, I think Richard's
point takes is an (effective) anti-absolutist swipe at morality, and
demonstates that successful memes are those that have display *relative*=
superior replication, I think he he is pretty "explicit" about this. If
your point is that all relativistic positions have a certain circularity
becuse they depend on themselves then I would agree with you, but would
contend that is something our epistemology just has to live with.
Probably the use of "good" memes invites confusion, why not talk of
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