Tuesday, April 03, 2007
I was thinking about memes but since it's been years since I read Dawkins, and the old brain isn't what it used to be, I had trouble getting my mind around the idea. To my mind there is no doubt cats have culture, and that culture is transmitted. Scoop and Au are constantly teaching each other new things.
For example, Au has this enchanting habit of sitting with his tail on your foot and looking up with half closed eyes when he's asking for something (usually ham but sometimes just a game or a cuddle). Scoop has always just walked up and given us his demands with a loud MEEE-OW! But now Scoop also does the tail on the foot manoeuvre; and what's more, he's realised it works just as well for him as the shouting so he'll go on doing it.
Is this transmitting a meme? I can't decide! You tell me...
PS It's been pouring with rain here every afternoon, so Scoop and Au are indoor cats at the moment. And don't they make themselves comfortable!