Re: memes and dancing

Robin Faichney (
Tue, 21 Dec 1999 18:11:20 +0000

From: Robin Faichney <>
Subject: Re: memes and dancing
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 18:11:20 +0000
Message-Id: <99122118161700.01441@faichney>

On Tue, 21 Dec 1999, Wade T.Smith wrote:
>>Is the urge to dance and dancing itself the result of
>I've always viewed, and seen some evidence, that dancing and music are a=
>form of language, perhaps prototypical, so if you lump memes in with=20
>language, as is the wont of a few, well, maybe- but- look at your=20
>question, please....
>You have used 'urge' and 'result'. Not exactly a scientific question,=20
>and, in the absence of clear mechanisms, almost useless.
>Infants will sway to a beat. Looks more like a developmental and genetic=
>structure to this white boy.

You think that's an alternative to memetics?

Think of it this way, Wade: genetics is hardware, memetics is software. =
functions are hardwired: they require no software. But all software-medi=
functions also require hardware. And both hardware and software develop.=
memetic (broadly) implies both genetic and developmental.

If you see memetic explanations as alternatives to genetic ones (wrongly,=
in my
view), then that might explain many of the puzzling things I've seen you =

Robin Faichney

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