Re: JCS: Of memes and witchcraft

Robin Faichney (
Mon, 24 May 1999 20:00:07 +0100

Date: Mon, 24 May 1999 20:00:07 +0100
From: Robin Faichney <>
Subject: Re: JCS: Of memes and witchcraft
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In message <>, writes
>In a message dated 5/22/99 1:10:56 PM Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
>>>(b) Memetics might be responsible for absolving people of moral
> responsibility for their actions. As Midgley put it : 'Memetic reasoning
> decrees, then, that it is simply not their fault; they knew no better, they
> could not help it.'<<

Just for the record, that was Chris Nunn writing in a message forwarded
by me.

>But some of the recent opinions expressed in the memetics community seem to
>confound issues of causation with issues of control. Midgely's response
>seems to reflect this confounding.

Could you just outline the causation/control distinction again, please -
- I missed your previous explanation. Sorry. But isn't control just
continuous causation?

Robin Faichney

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