Re: facets of meme-talk

t (MemeLab@aol.com)
Sat, 28 Aug 1999 14:18:59 EDT

From: <MemeLab@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 1999 14:18:59 EDT
Subject: Re: facets of meme-talk
To: memetics@mmu.ac.uk

In a message dated 8/28/99 12:59:26 PM Central Daylight Time,
bspight@pacbell.net writes:

> Abstract information is not cultural, per se. Embodied knowledge is.

and

>Also, as cultural entities, they are enmeshed in a web of meaning. They can
be abstracted from the web, but at a loss.<

Very well put. Embodied knowledge is enmeshed in a web of meaning, and it is
in that context that it has life as a meme. Dealing with it as only
"information" alone, is to some extent to ignore or downplay this embodied
web of meaning.

For reference I suggest Lakoff and Johnson "Philosophy in the Flesh" 1999
Basic Books, hardback. It deals very directly with these issues. In fact I
would say that the whole book more or less revolves around these issues that
you talk about.

-Jake

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