Re: Cultural Evolution & History

Bill Benzon (
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 23:33:53 -0500

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Date: Wed, 11 Jun 1997 23:33:53 -0500
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: Re: Cultural Evolution & History

Dave Pape
>Could it be along the lines of technological milestones like agriculture (x
>thousand years ago), printing, continent-wide communication through the
>channels of a common religion, etc., providing a quickening of memetic
>interaction within a culture?
In this particular case I think the adoption and dissemination of Arabic
mathematics was critical (more important than printing, for example). Then
we have trade & conquest far and wide which would bring a greater variety
of memes to bear on European societies.

>It strikes me that such milestones might provide a suite of new niches for
>memes, and you might expect a period of memetic expansion under those

Yes, lots of niches. But niches in what? What's the cultural environment?

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