Web message board on cultural selection theory

Agner Fog (Agner@login.dknet.dk)
Wed, 07 Jul 1999 11:36:31 +0100

From: Agner@login.dknet.dk (Agner Fog)
To: memetics@mmu.ac.uk
Subject: Web message board on cultural selection theory
Date: Wed, 07 Jul 1999 11:36:31 +0100

I have set up a new web message board for discussion of cultural selection


The new message board does not require subscription, and everybody is free to
post a message.

Cultural selection theory, as defined in my book 'Cultural selection', is very
much related to memetics. However, where memetics puts the main focus on the
unit of information, cultural selection theory has more focus on the selective
forces that determine the direction of cultural change. In fact, cultural
selection theory even covers certain kinds of selection processes that can not
be described in terms of discrete information units.

The cultural selection message board is intended as a forum for discussing
cultural selection with the main focus on selective forces and mechanisms
rather than on information units (we already have the memetics mailing list and
the alt.memetics newsgroup for the latter).

Possible discussion topics include:

* intelligent versus unconscious or unintended selection mechanisms
* cultural r/k theory and cultural correllates of bellicosity/peacefulness
* the psychological factors that make certain jokes or urban legends spread
* cultural factors that influence artistic taste and music genres
* selective factors that influence sexual morals and behavior
* cultural effects of economic competition
* social and political effects of newsmedia competition
* cultural selection in animals

Agner Fog, Ph.D., Denmark Web site: www.agner.org

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