I tried to remind Ben Cobley today of an earlier conversation, when he used the word “fit”.
It’s a conversation I would like to continue with Ben, with whom I share many common views, since I think it helps us both. (When he – again – appeared to be “unaware” of the point we were discussing he assumed some passive-aggressive challenge on my part! Said I was “having a pop” ….
I have and continue to put a lot of effort into this dialogue. This was start of today’s conversation (latest first):
Below is the last conversation 7 /8 days ago with Ben Cobley – but there have been previous occasions when I’ve talked “memetics” in problems with what gets understood in our culture. It’s a word I know he’s uncomfortable using, but the basic concept that ideas – and what constitutes rationality – spread through their evolutionary “fitness” is a key interest of mine – and his – whatever word he or I use for it. “Fit” is the word (Latest first)
Post Note : What’s the point I’m trying to get us to agree, so we can move the conversation on ?
Ideas spread and catch-on because they “fit”
with the prevailing patterns of though and rationality
in their environment (what I call memetics)
NOT necessarily because they are “good” ideas.
And that includes thoughts and ideas
about reason, rationality and belief themselves.
And of course the previous conversation was not so long before that.