Darwin-L Message Log 5:123 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:123>From SMITGM@hawkins.clark.edu  Mon Jan 24 10:39:54 1994

To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
From: "Gerard Donnelly Smith"  <SMITGM@hawkins.clark.edu>
Organization: Clark College, Vancouver WA, USA
Date: 24 Jan 94 07:50:31 PST8PDT
Subject: Re: Inheritance

Note another reference to "meme" as inheritable social unit.  Would
some one please explain why this Memetic theory proposed by Dawkins
works better than Mimetic theory which the Humanities have
been using to discuss cultural transmission in literature, mass media
and religion for 2500?  Why should his analogy considered more
scientific, when the structure and process developed by the former
explains transmission so well.

"If a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.  I
would know that a fool follows it, for a knave gives it."

Dr. Gerard Donnelly-Smith            e-mail: smitgm@hawkins.clark.edu
English Department, Clark College

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