Re: RE: socially selected memes

Ilfryn PRICE (
Mon, 02 Aug 1999 09:58:31 +0100

Date: Mon, 02 Aug 1999 09:58:31 +0100
Subject: Re: RE: socially selected memes
From: (Ilfryn PRICE) writes:
> What I proposed as utilitarian memes are accepted
>more on the basis of external factors

I do not dispute selection on the basis of explanatory power for your scientific memes but merely alert the social biases
therein. I have heard the quote

'paradigms do not change through logic. They change when the old guard finally dies or retires' attributed to Max Planck. New
ones usually emerge in institutions away from the bastions of the old. It is an instructive example of peripherral isolation
being important to memetic speciation (see my 1993 paper referenced at the site below)


If Price
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