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by jim baird
Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Christmas
Replies: 372
Views: 40691

bonfire

My wife and I have for some years, out of an atavistic, unknown urge, celebrated Solstice with a bonfire, on our home property which had 35 species of trees on it when we bought it nearly 30 yrs ago. [imghttp://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/view.sfly?fid=66120bacc7f2fb8c6d9889752d9a603c][/img] http://...
by jim baird
Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: solstice
Replies: 0
Views: 573

solstice

We have had for a dozen or so years, bonfires to mark solstice here. Like to provide a ceremonial stick for anyone who wants to offer something to be purged or purified in the flame that keeps the sun for us while it turns the corner towards a new year. http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid...
by jim baird
Fri Dec 20, 2013 4:49 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Christmas
Replies: 372
Views: 40691

Clemsy wrote:And, thanks to the aforementioned storm, my Christmas decorating is now complete. lol!

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Love the photo. A few yrs ago we got such a snow here...the thing I like most is the quiet it brings.
by jim baird
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

Have not visited this thread in a while. I just want to point out that when I hear the meme people discuss natural selection, I think the key word I heard them use, (forgive my lack of a quote), to describe selection, way down on the cellular level, is "stable". What gets replicated is what is stabl...
by jim baird
Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

I don't see the meme theory as an attempt to reduce our humanity. After all, whatever we think of as our "selves" is just a story we tell ourselves to help understand the mystery.
by jim baird
Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

Thanks for the reply, Ron.

I don't see anyone saying we are "just" replicators for memes. My thinking says we might also be replicators for memes. My little world is big enough to contain a lot of entities of different kinds.

Why not might ideas be another kind of entity?
by jim baird
Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

CarmelaBear wrote:Is the wheel a meme?

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As an idea, yes.
by jim baird
Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

"...Replication seems plain enough, although selection is a bit more complex...."

But not more complex than the function of memory. The "unsuccessful" is not remembered? On the other hand, I seem to have noticed a myth "a meme" about the idea of lost knowledge.
by jim baird
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Economics
Replies: 243
Views: 14079

"...The more the rich colleges accumulate millions and billions for their endowment funds, the more junk infrastructure they build, while raising tuition and forcing students to assume ungodly amounts of debt to pay for gaudy crap..." That is so happening at the big land grant U. near me. They figur...
by jim baird
Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:47 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

A meme is anything at all that can be learned, and, here is the important part, repeated, ergo, replicated. Down here in the south US, all the good ole boys wear baseball caps with goatees. You can profile them all the way from diet to leisure activities to voting preferences based on that (IMHO) si...
by jim baird
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

Those who lecture and write about memetics appear to suggest that ideas have status as entities though they don't have physical form (except by their physical expression, as in knots). If quantum physics taught us that matter and energy are interchangeable, who is to say that ideas are not a form of...
by jim baird
Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

Cindy B, I appreciate your patient, repeated turning of my gaze back to Jung's ideas re collective unconscious and archetypes, as I still struggle with my grasp of those ideas. Of long concern to me has been the phenomenon of "mass mentality" that drives large-scale activity on the mass level, like...
by jim baird
Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:35 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

Cindy B, I appreciate your patient, repeated turning of my gaze back to Jung's ideas re collective unconscious and archetypes, as I still struggle with my grasp of those ideas. Of long concern to me has been the phenomenon of "mass mentality" that drives large-scale activity on the mass level, like ...
by jim baird
Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:23 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: memetics
Replies: 91
Views: 8174

I have been slogging through Dawkins' book, mainly because I have never been able to really grasp Darwin's idea, even tho rationally I do think it is the way living things have developed. The great sweeps of time involve are just too much for my grasp. Here is what I understand him to say. (His use ...
by jim baird
Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:45 am
Forum: Mythos: For the Creative Community
Topic: Arthurian Myth and Legend, Campbell and The Grail Quest
Replies: 11
Views: 2734

I have not ventured past Campbell's descriptions of the tales in Creative Mythology, with descriptions of Percival and the red knight, as well as the piebald knight, not to mention Tristan etc.

I have not, but it is next on my list to donate and get the audio versions of JC's Arthurian tales.