Darwin-L Message Log 5:117 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:117>From ad201@freenet.carleton.ca  Fri Jan 21 07:45:34 1994

Date: Fri, 21 Jan 1994 08:53:44 -0500
From: ad201@freenet.carleton.ca (Donald Phillipson)
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Inheritance

>Hull's generic definition of replicator/interactor might apply here. He
>certainly wants to apply it to scientific theories, so why not other
>sociocultural processes of transmission?

It's mildly surprising so few answers to this modest request (for
definition) cited the literature, either secondary e.g. Peter Bowler's
Fontana history of the environmental sciences, S.J. Gould's critical
accounts of inheritance disputes, or primary e.g. Richard Dawkins on the
"meme" (heritable unit of social culture.)

>Monash neither knows, nor approves, of what I say

(But I hope they care!)

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