RE: "Retarding the Progress" - A Call for Specifics

Gatherer, D. (
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 17:15:49 +0100

From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
To: "''" <>
Subject: RE: "Retarding the Progress" - A Call for Specifics
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 17:15:49 +0100

Aaron wrote:

>What I see here is a distaste for that "calculus of mnemon
>consistent with your emphasis on observable behaviours and
artifacts. It is
>an assertion of a stance, but I remain unconvinced that anything in
>1996 or Lynch 1998 has retarded the progress of memetics in the
>case or any other example to which I have actually applied my

You're right, I do have a distaste for the calculus of mnemon
instantiations, but that distaste is built on its internal difficulties (as
I have previously talked about) rather than any prior behaviourist agenda.

>As for the book title, I suppose it is partly a matter of taste. I
>however, seek out the advice of some of those who had published in
>first. For instance, I distinctly remember Doug Hofstadter telling
me over
>dinner "that's a wonderful title!"

I have never had dinner with Douglas Hofstadter (nor indeed lunch with David
Hull). You do indeed keep exalted company. Hofstadter's work of the 70s -
I'm thinking of the stuff about self-replicating sentences, seems to me to
presage the current work being done by Pocklington and Best.


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