Re: Emotional Contagion and the Memetic Stance

Aaron Lynch (
Tue, 01 Sep 1998 12:35:08 -0500

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Date: Tue, 01 Sep 1998 12:35:08 -0500
From: Aaron Lynch <>
Subject: Re: Emotional Contagion and the Memetic Stance
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At 05:19 PM 9/1/98 +0100, Paul Marsden wrote:

>However if you take the line of the of the alternative paradigm (Lynch for
>example) as internal units of memory CONTRA units of imitation, then
>memetics has little to do with contagion research (although it might not be
>incompatible). For what it is worth I think that Lynch is mistaking a
>useful heuristic device for the actual workings of our brain. Memetics is a
>stance at the moment, and I think a very useful one. Taking the memetic
>stance is can help understand behaviour NOW, and one day it might just
>possibly (although I doubt it) help understand the mechanics of internal
>brain activity.


I would be curious to know what it is that I seem to be saying about the
workings of our brains. In my view, a thought contagion could in principle
spread from a human brain to an alien's brain, or vice versa--and be stored
by vastly different internal workings.

--Aaron Lynch

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