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The Meme Machine unleashed, according to Susan Blackmore.

Richard Lancashire rlancashire at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 7 03:58:03 EST 2002


"Glen M. Sizemore" <gmsizemore2 at yahoo.com> wrote 

> RL: You appear to have misunderstood memes as practices;[...]
> 
> GS: Oh, you mean rather than "ideas?" What a bunch of insipid nonsense.

I see your point; it *is* far easier to dismiss out of hand rather
than construct any kind of argument. But perhaps this is why you have
difficulties with people accepting your ideas?
 
> RL: [...]however, in regard to your earlier post, the original ideas of
> Skinner et al are discussed in Dr. Blackmore's book.
> 
> GS: What was said? And, no, I'm not prepared to read the book, unless you
> can show me how it isn't more mentalism. My main problem with "memes,"
> however, is the extent to which its progenitors have ignored those who have
> been calling for a more widespread appreciation of selection as a causal
> force for the last 50 years.

So you assert that these people are ignored, but you are unwilling to
read the books that you claim ignore them? Both Blackmore and Dawkins
have extensive bibliographies in their books; indeed, since most of
the cites are scientific publications, the commercial books are little
more than literature reviews, structured in such a way as to support
their arguments. To say they ignore others is a fallacy, a nonsense.

But there are none so blind as those who will not see; dogma and
agenda can do that to a man. Discussion with the wilfully ignorant is
unrewarding.

Cheers
Rich



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