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    magdalena is offline Member
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    Default sth is the bottleneck of sth

    How to understand " imitation is the bottleneck of culture" can it mean "it is crucial to the very existence of culture"?

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    Default Re: sth is the bottleneck of sth

    Bottleneck is a term often used to mean slowing down.

    I don't think the sentence means imitation is crucial to culture. I think it means that it compromises its progression; it is detrimental to culture.

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    Default Re: sth is the bottleneck of sth

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    How to understand " imitation is the bottleneck of culture" can it mean "it is crucial to the very existence of culture"?
    I agree with colloquium.
    "Bottleneck", in scientific terms, means the "rate-limiting" step.
    "Nothing can flow out of a bottle faster than it can flow out of the neck of the bottle" is the exact meaning.
    If two lanes of traffic merge into one lane, you might get a (metaphorical) "bottleneck" there.
    Concerning culture, if everybody imitated someone else, there would be no true innovation. All art, for example, would need to pass through the bottleneck of imitation.

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