Re: Cultural Evolution & History

WRE. Gallois (
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 15:33:10 +0100 (BST)

From: "WRE. Gallois" <>
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Subject: Re: Cultural Evolution & History
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 15:33:10 +0100 (BST)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Bill Benzon" at Jun 11, 97 07:52:30 am

I am a newcomer to this list, but already I'm puzzled and worried by the
amount of work which some correspondents expect the meme to do. It's
almost as though the meme is a scientific tool which will allow scientists
to go with assurance into historical and cultural areas which they had not
previously focussed on; almost reminiscent of nineteenth century ideas of
progressively scientising the disciplines until, in a text like Emile
Zola's 'Le Roman Experimental', a 'scientific poetry' could be imagined.

I still don't feel fully at home with these debates but when I do I'll try
to post a critical reading of developing memetic history.

William Gallois
Department of French
University of Bristol
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