Re: Machiavellian Memes, Comments by Mario Vaneechoutte

Niki Ritt (
Thu, 2 Oct 1997 09:52:24 +0000

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From: Niki Ritt <>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 09:52:24 +0000
Subject: Re: Machiavellian Memes, Comments by Mario Vaneechoutte

> Dear Nikolaus,
> >view helps averting the danger of Memetic Lamarckianism and/or
> >Teilhardianism,
> Your mentioning both Lamarck and de Chardin in one "breath" seems to
> suggest (to me at least) that you are aware of Gregory Bateson's work. Is
> this true? I would *love* to know :-)

Dear Ton,

Aware, yes. But I must admit I haven't read either _Steps to an
ecology of mind_ or _Mind and nature_ yet. But there's a bookshop
just round the corner of my office. Might just pop down and get a
copy, should I?

You know, since I'm a historical linguist by profession, my readings
into philosophy, biology, AL, complexity and so on, are rather
unsystematic, I admit, although I derive great joy and inspiration
from them.

Thanks for the hint,


Nikolaus Ritt
English Department
University of Vienna
Universitaetsstrasse 7
A-1010 Vienna

Phone: int. 43 1 4277 424 24
Fax: int. 43 1 4277 9424


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