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At 06:53 PM 15/02/02 -0800, you wrote:
>clear benefits to those who host them, i.e., learn behaviors or
>information. They are passed from generation to generation because of the
>benefits (ultimately to the genes of their hosts) they provide.
> But a whole class of memes have no obvious replication
>So by "no obvious replication drivers" you mean "no obvious benefit to human
Yes. Those which do have benefits are easy to explain why they are passed on.
><<Of course, the really interesting
>thing is why people of high wealth don't spend it all on having a dozen
>children. At one time they did, and in some cultures, particularly Islamic
>they still do.>>
> >From the wealth's point of view, it would only make sense to have lots of
>children if it would replicate the wealth rather than diluting it.
There was a time when children *were* wealth. You could use their labor to
have more children yourself and to make the tribe resistant to being attacked.
Times have changed.
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