Re: Comments on McCrone's "The Ape That Spoke" (was Re: What's in a

Robert G. Grimes (
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 17:44:32 -0400

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 17:44:32 -0400
From: "Robert G. Grimes" <>
Subject: Re: Comments on McCrone's "The Ape That Spoke" (was Re: What's in a

Dave Gross wrote:
> I've recently finished reading "The Ape That Spoke" -- a book speculating
> about the origin of language (and simultaneous origin of the ego) in our
> hominid ancestors. The author, John McCrone, used a model of concept
> formation that may be useful to us in our attempt to define a meme (though
> the author seemed sadly unfamiliar with meme theory).
> In this model, sensory impressions which include body-state, the current
> contents of the senses (which may include heard or read "words" or other
> meme-spores), and the current linguistic background noise in the brain (a
> fairly constant hum of our memory-searching inner-voice), are processed in
> a pyrimidal cascade in our brains -- each level reducing the complexity of
> the data by fitting them with learned abstractions (wet, blue,

Big Snip

Maybe I'm just dense but I thought this was what I said im my post of
July 03 on Meme linages referencing Bill Benzon's previous post. Only I
said it redundantly, and from several different perspectives, at least
"I thought I did."

It is true that over 11 Kbytes of delineation is pretty stiff to go
through but, I think I expressed what you referenced in this post...

You might review that and see if it is substantially true. Whatever,
perhaps I was too detailed? Of course, I knew what I "thought I said."

Let me know if you agree <grin>



Bob Grimes Jacksonville, Florida

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore....."

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