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In a library stall at Yale when I was an undergrad, the same stall that had a graffito labeling the latch "John Lock," someone had written: Breaths there the man with soul so dead Who never to himself hath said, "This is my own, my native stall"?
Toggle Commented May 30, 2016 on A Poem at waste
I remember John Bayley quoting or quasi-quoting Karl Krauss on the murderous rage that filled him whenever he opened a book that began something like this: "Humphrey glanced at the clock as he crossed the room. It was 3:00 pm." But I can't find it. Might have been in TLS?
Toggle Commented May 30, 2016 on Robert Louis Stevenson modernism shocker at waste
I really like this -- especially the parts about path-dependency and (also) the pearl metaphor. I assume that at some point she talks about Freud? Because that is what she's talking about, isn't it? Does she mention Fingarette? From your quotation it sounds like the evolutionary idea is meme plus pheno-type. At some point her way of thinking, or your account of animal mimicry, would have to hit the rdf of costly signaling. That is: if all frogs are blue, blue no longer works to protect them. So being blue has to be something that most frogs can't afford to be: there is a pretty low limit on how many non-poisonous frogs the blues can save. The camel may get through the -- nose? -- of the needle, but without much headroom for a free rider. (That tends to mean that blue us a hard color to produce without poison, so that if you're blue you're likely to be poisonous. Certainly true of... pink flamingoes.) Same I imagine with her view of the meme's relation to its purpose: the purpose has to be pretty helpful and the meme pretty consonant with it for the purposer's way of purposing to survive down the generations. And then there's the question of the interpretation that others put on her expressions of desire, etc. Just maundering out-loud here. I always hate feeling Taylor is right about something. But that's just me. The doctrine of double effect as put to mention here wouldn't be hers, right? But more yours or Taylor's?
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