Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Aaron Lynch (
Mon, 14 Sep 1998 18:19:20 -0500

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Date: Mon, 14 Sep 1998 18:19:20 -0500
From: Aaron Lynch <>
Subject: Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance
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At 06:29 PM 9/14/98 -0500, Bill Benzon wrote:
>At 5:09 PM 9/14/98 -0500, Aaron Lynch wrote:
>>replicators identified with the word "meme." A far more productive
>>approach, if he wishes to pursue it, would be to try to ask a very
>>prominent behaviorist to coin a new behavior-centered term and publish it.
>This is a rather striking statement. Why should someone who wants a new
>term ask a prominent thinking to coin and publish? Are prominent thinkers
>the only ones allowed to have new ideas and coin new terms?

No, of course not. I was not at all famous when I coined the term "thought
contagion" or certain terms used in my paper. But Derek seems to want
fashionability, and getting an extremely famous person to coin the new term
is likely to be a faster route to fashionability for a new word. He is
welcome to coin the new term himself, too.
--Aaron Lynch

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