In short then, memetics can and should benefit from a methodology that prescinds from the question of telos in both its explicans and explicanda
. However, it is pure philosophy (eliminative materialism, which claims that notions of belief, experience, and sensation are fundamentally mistaken) unsupported by empirical evidence to scientifically claim that mind and culture are non-teleological entities and events.
I think that the issues forcefully, and at times brilliantly, raised by Bryant, together with the ripostes of his two critics, can lead to progress in clarifying what it is that we should be trying to explain, the key explicanda
of the debates about the West and 'the rest'.
(3.) In the original: De cuius nativitate atque infantia vel etiam pueritia quia neque scriptis usquam aliquid declaratum est, neque quisquam modo superesse invenitur, qui horum se dicat habere notitiam, scribere ineptum iudicans ad actus et mores ceterasque vitae illius partes explicandas
ac demonstrandas, omissis incognitis, transire disposui; ita tamen, ut, primo res gestas et domi et foris, deinde mores et studia eius, tum de regni administratione et fine narrando, nihil de his quae cognitu vel digna vel necessaria sunt praetermittam.
(68.) "nihil tam interest humani convictus et societas ad secure explicandas
rationes populorum mutuas, quam ut pacta publica sancte inviolateque serventur." Vehementer Nos, February 11, 1906, par.