RE: Generalizing symbolic memetics

Gatherer, D. (
Mon, 01 Mar 1999 09:28:02 +0100

Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 09:28:02 +0100
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: Generalizing symbolic memetics
To: "''" <>

Nope, sorry Aaron, you specifically say that your calculus of mnemon
instantiations deals with units of memory instantiation. I therefore
can't swallow this turnaround that they are not representations of
propositional operations going on inside the brain. You are always
talking about 'hosts' etc.... If you have changed your mind, then there
is no shame in coming out and saying so. I changed my mind about many
aspects of memetics, and have made it quite clear in my various articles
how I have done so.

>I also wish to point out to anyone trying to give just a
cursory read to
>the paper that the event diagrams are not representations of
>operations going on inside the brain, but transitions going on
within the
>population. The focus is on developing a population theory, not
a theory of

Now let's look at what you go on to say:

>B*~T + ~B*T --> B*~T + B*T (baseball-playing non-tennis-player
>non-baseball-playing tennis-player yields baseball-playing
>non-tennis-player plus baseball-playing tennis-player.)

If I'm not mistaken, that nomenclature eg. A~GB~C + etc ----> is
the much discussed calculus of mnemon instantiations. Yes??? So does
it refer to memeory instantiations or not??? Do you want to have it
both ways??? I don't think you can. Either the calculus of mnemon
instantiation is about mnemons or it isn't.

> The forms of such events and occurrence rates are useful in
>constructing computer simulations of movements or developing
>models thereof, to give the actual quantitative population

No, sorry, I dispute that the calculus of mnemon instantiations
is useful. Especially since we are now uncertain if it refers to memory
instantiations or to behaviour. We'll have to clarify that.


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