Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Mario Vaneechoutte (
Tue, 08 Sep 1998 11:47:55 +0200

Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 11:47:55 +0200
From: Mario Vaneechoutte <>
Subject: Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Paul Marsden wrote:

> Mario said
> >To the opposite, a little information about the ideas of people, as we
> >can gather through asking questions, immediately provides a lot of
> >information on the objects they make or dances they perform and often we
> >realize that our interpretation - based on our cultural background
> >interpretation of the artefacts or dances - was completely wrong.
> This is what social scientists - social psychologists, market researchers,
> sociologists etc. have been doing for over a century - how does your
> interpretation of memetics differ from standard social science?
> Paul Marsden
> Graduate Research Centre in the Social Sciences
> University of Sussex
> e-mail
> tel/fax (44) (0) 117 974 1279

Dear Paul,

I try to add to these social sciences an evolutionary point of view (and save
us from the adaptationist arguments of many evolutionary psychologists, who -
to paraphrase Bill and Derek - have not understood basic standard books on
evolution).Some questions in return:1. Is it because things have been studied
before that we should say: Oh, our field definitevely has to go about
something else. Let us study artefacts and host free behaviour (an oxymoron)

2. How does your view on memetics differ from social sciences?


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