906Re: Revolution - and: a Science of Memetic Culturology
- Dec 13 4:24 AMOh jeez, JT, your heart is in a good place here, but your mind is confused.Ideas are indeed incredibly important, but they are fundamentally different from, and the OPPOSITE of programs/algos AND memes as defined by memetics.Ideas are general, soft and capable of infinite interpretations:https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%22ideas+are+what+you+make+of+them%22&rlz=1C1GIGM_enGB553GB553&oq=%22ideas+are+what+you+make+of+them%22&aqs=chrome..69i57.5296j0j8&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8whereas programs/algos/formulae and memes are specific, hard and meant to have only one "interpretation"/execution at any given point.What I suggest you need to do now is stop general theorising for a while and do some detailed studies of the transmission of particular kinds of ideas -take a particular concept - any word in the language - and look at how its meanings/scope of reference have changed over centuriestake a law of a society - and look how its interpretations have changed over timetake a classic story - like Romeo and Juliet - and look at how its interpretations by different authors have changed, and how the reinterpretations of just one particular interpretation like Shakespeare's Romeo & J, have changed. ,Do that and your ideas about ideas will change radically.Ideas (not algos) generate human actions both individually and socially - and creativity. But it is their *openness to interpretation* that makes them so powerful.Their study - my first thought - really belongs to semiotics. The dramatic and narrative arts OTOH, scientifically, are mainly complementary to the social sciences, incl. psychology and sociology. I have yet to see a serious argument that they have anything much to do with evolutionary science at all - their timespan is much too short.
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