Re: Dereck Gatherer's recent paper to JoM

Bill Benzon (
Mon, 7 Sep 1998 11:48:13 -0500

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Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 11:48:13 -0500
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: Re: Dereck Gatherer's recent paper to JoM

At 12:32 PM 9/7/98 -0400, BMSDGATH wrote:

>content of the religion. I think that the religion = mind virus idea
>is untenable _in any case_ (whether you're a thought contagionist or
>not) , and really reveals a lack of reading in even the most basic
>psychology of religion.

That, alas, is my feeling about much mental/homuncular memetics, that it is
advancing substantial claims about the human mind without having read much
of cognitive and neuropsychology, much less literary theory, music theory,
etc. The claims it makes about the mind are simplistic and ill-informed
and the whole enterprise seems to rest on faith than introducing the
concept of replication into the mix is going to work wonders.

William L. Benzon 201.217.1010
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