RE: New meme-ber!

Gatherer, D. (
Tue, 08 Jun 1999 17:06:33 +0200

Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 17:06:33 +0200
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: New meme-ber!
To: "''" <>


The problem with extreme memetics, like that of Sue
Blackmore, is that we get relieved of the homunculus in the brain (nice
but now put the homunculus in the meme (the meme does all kinds of things,
including replicating itself: I'd say that this is nonsense and that it is
makes memetics ridiculous for many scientists).


I don't think that Sue does put any homunculus in the meme. Her approach is
straight-forwardly Dennettian in that she removes homunculi wherever they
are found. If you can find any examples of homuncular thinking in Sue's
work, I'd like to know what they are (page numbers if possible). But I
don't think you will be able to.

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