Re: socially selected memes

Bill Benzon (
Thu, 29 Jul 1999 09:19:45 -0400

Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 09:19:45 -0400
From: Bill Benzon <>
Subject: Re: socially selected memes

John Wilkins wrote:

> they can be completed. If they can, then scientific development is, like
> biological, a unidirectional and irreversible process. Later scientific
> theories are better than earlier ones for solving puzzles in the often
> quite different environments to which they are applied. That is not a
> relativist's position, and it displays the sense in which I am a
> convinced believer in scientific progress. (Kuhn 1970: 205f)

David Hays and I have published an article that explicates this kind of
cognitive evolution in terms of underlying cognitive mechanisms:

William Benzon and David Hays, "The Evolution of Cognition," Journal of
Social and Biological Structures 13, 297-320, 1990.

William Benzon
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