Re: virus: Question

Robin Faichney (
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 11:26:00 +0100

Grant Callaghan wrote:
>On Thu, 5 Jun 1997, Robin Faichney wrote:
>> There is all the difference in the world between formal
>> and natural languages. But this isn't the place to
>> pursue the issue, as it has zilch to do with memetics.
>Only if you think that words and sentence structure are not memes.

Now that would be stupid, wouldn't it? So stupid,
in fact, I assumed you'd guess it wasn't what I
meant. As usual, in such cases, I assumed too

Both natural and formal languages are composed of
(and are) memes. But not all issues between memes
are usefully addressed via memetics -- otherwise
that would be the tool for absolutely every conceptual
problem. However, I stand ready to be corrected as
to the relevance of memetics in this particular case.
Please tell me, if you can, how it helps in comparing
natural and formal languages.