Re: virus: Sign memes & Chomsky

Tony Hindle (
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 12:57:26 +0100

In message <970409.081851.CT.COOKCORE@ESUVM>, "Corey A. Cook"
<> writes
>Tony wrote:

>>>The LAD only operates upto the mid-teens, so your "next
>>>generation of thinkers" is going to have be pretty young!
>> Even so, I think that 14 year olds today are taught everything
>>that was at the cutting edge of scientific research a hunderd years ago.
>>(the work of the great scientists has been to explain a large number of
>>observations by using a smaller number of (more abstract) theories).
>>Perhaps by filtering it through their LADs they improve the grammar
>>between "higher level concepts" (theories) and this stronger foundation
>>allows a better, deeper understanding later so that they can pose the
>>next set of cutting edge questions. I suppose what I am saying is that
>>the LADs allow a massive condensation of the amount of input required in
>>order to become fluent.
>Problem: If the theories that are taught to these children are incorrect
>(fail to accurately describe reality), all the energy spent in using
>these LAD things will be wasted.
So long as the theories taught are our best at explaining things
(since we can stop when our theories actually do describe reality
accurately) we can rely on them to influence the evolution of Memes in
the children's memcologies so that the process of memetic evolution can
continue to furnish future generations with closer and closer
aproximations of reality.

> They will learn to speak a new language,
>but it won't be of any use.
I guess I am saying that mistakes need to be made before we know
they are mistakes.
>Don't get me wrong, I think that what you are saying has merit. Children
>should be taught sciences. But they should also be allowed flexibilty to
>correct their elders mistakes.
I wasnt really trying to say this (although I do believe it.) I
was just trying to improve my memcological representation of how
languages have played their part in furnishing our minds with
And here is another thought. I reckon I am more baffled today
than I was 15 years ago. Yet I would say that I was less conscious 15
yrs ago than I am now. Is consciuousness about waking up to the fact
that we are all just lost here?

Tony Hindle.
Again I realise how perfect Corey's sig. file is.