Re: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators

Chris Lofting (ddiamond@ozemail.com.au)
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 08:45:19 +1000

From: "Chris Lofting" <ddiamond@ozemail.com.au>
To: <memetics@mmu.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 08:45:19 +1000

Boy Wade, you are having a hard day.

Read my posts today *really* carefully and perhaps you will get the idea as
to what I am talking about. In my comments re a 100 Monkeys so I am relating
the story regardless of if it is true or not. I have repeatedly emphasised
that *regardless* of the truth or falsehood there is a pattern of meaning
here that is common in the species.... read the other posts sent today to
others.

-----Original Message-----
From: Wade T.Smith <wade_smith@harvard.edu>
To: memetics@mmu.ac.uk <memetics@mmu.ac.uk>
Date: Monday, 30 August 1999 7:06
Subject: Re: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators

On 08/29/99 16:43 the inimitable Chris Lofting made this comment

>In the 100 monkeys so a critical genetic correlation was reached that
>allowed the monkeys on the other islands to 'suddenly' become aware of the
>washing process; this suddeness in the form of a resonance, no explicit
link
>just a sudden 'idea'.

Again... again.... This _did not happen_. This was a _fabrication_. There
_was_ and _is_ no transmission by supernatural means to a group of
macaques on _another_ island. Zilch. Nada.

**IT DOES NOT MATTER IN THE CONTEXT OF PATTERN DETECTION.

What is obvious here is your intense _desire_ (which matches the urge of
the original fabricator) to _want_ this to happen.

RUBBISH. as I said previously you seem to keep emphasising 'the thing'
whereas I am emphasising what is *behind* the thing. I could not give a
stuff whether it happened or not, it is the structure/presentation of the
story that is of interest.

best,

Chris.

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