Meaning as Use: Transmission Fidelity and Evolution in NetNews

  title={Meaning as Use: Transmission Fidelity and Evolution in NetNews},
  author={Michael L. Best and Richard Pocklington},
  journal={Journal of Theoretical Biology},
Gatherer & McEwan (1998) respond to our article (Pocklington & Best, 1997) with several apparently serious criticisms, concluding that our foray into cultural transmission theory is fundamentally flawed. Here we deal with each of their criticisms, in most cases by restating more precisely our model and claims. First we will outline some of the errors in their interpretation of our model and results. The bulk of their criticisms arise, we suspect, from the low fidelity transmission of ideas from… 
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