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[ontolog-forum] Dennett on the Darwinism of Memes

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From: John Bottoms <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:28:24 -0400
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Daniel Dennett's next book will be out in a few weeks and I had the 
opportunity to hear him talk about how memes obey the tenets of Darwinism.    (01)

The title of his book is, "Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking".
(not available yet, 
http://www.amazon.com/Intuition-Pumps-Other-Tools-Thinking/dp/0393082067)    (02)

His argument starts by asking if words are things. Then he argues that 
if words are things then we should consider memes as things also. He 
goes on to illustrate that memes follow the basic three principles of 
Darwinism.    (03)

His arguments are compelling and I wonder where they belong in the grand 
ontologies of entities. Are memes a new construct, or do memes simply 
replicate a known construct?    (04)

-John Bottoms
  FirstStar Systems
  Concord, MA USA    (05)

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