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I was thrilled when I learned of Iacoboni’s discovery that when a chimpanzee's brain is morphed onto a human brain the areas of greatest expansion are those that are used in imitation. "Yes!" I thought "This is exactly what I predicted on the basis of memetic theory. Whoopee - memetics is right!" but then I had to pause because this is how to make the worst mistake in the book. Construct a wacky theory, derive a prediction from that theory, discover the prediction is correct and then (illegitimately) conclude that the theory must be true. So I would like to describe the prediction and consider whether these findings do have any implications for memetics or not.
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