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

Gatherer, D. (
Mon, 01 Mar 1999 09:42:43 +0100

Date: Mon, 01 Mar 1999 09:42:43 +0100
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: "Retarding the Progress" - A Call for Specifics
To: "''" <>

>Well, I don't mean to rehash an old argument. I do, however,
fail to see
>how the symbolic representation of mnemons or their event
diagrams has
>retarded progress on a specific topic like the Hutterites.

Yes, it is retarding progress. To say that the Hutterites
behave as they do because they are hosts to unobservable entities, and
then to concoct an elaborate pseudo-algebraic notation to represent
these speculations is about as obstructive as one can be. When that
pseudo-algebraic notation leads to paradoxes, well, you're really up the
creek without a paddle..........

>Speaking of titles, my subject line almost seems like an
invitation to the
>15th annual "Retarding the Progress" workshop. ;-)

Also speaking of titles, I like your 'Misleading Mix of Religion
and Science'. At first I thought it might be announcing a new book by
you (joke, Aaron, please laugh), but then I realised it referred to me.
I have no objection to that - although obviously I disagree.

>Themas." I don't believe in a "central dogma" of memetics, and
>have no problem with replicator analysis of "external" things
>sentences on paper or on the Internet.

False. You dismiss such work as 'cultural repliconics'".


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