Re: Example of an aggresive irrational meme

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Date: Sun Mar 10 2002 - 04:47:27 GMT

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    >From: "Philip Jonkers" <>
    >To: <>
    >Subject: Re: Example of an aggresive irrational meme
    >Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2002 17:22:36 -0900
    > > >Also memes have `sex' in your head too. There also memes interact with
    > > >other
    > > >memes
    > > >to produce new ones. This is what abstract or creative thinking is all
    > > >about
    > > >for instance.
    > > >There is where the parallel with biology ends of course.
    > > I'm still having trouble seeing where the parallel begins ;-)
    >Let me put it this way then: in biology gene-hosts copulate to produce new
    >and gene-plexes. Analogously, in culture meme-hosts combine to produce
    >new memes and meme-plexes.
    In sexual reproduction is the novelty that results in the genes or in their
    allelic combination overall? I inherited alleles (variant gene forms) from
    my parents. Were these alleles springing forth de novo within me then? And
    what new genes would I have relative to my parents?

    Now I may carry a unique combination of alleles I suppose. OTOH, a smidgen
    of parental mutations may have made it into me, mostly neutral or
    deleterious, but maybe a *few* advantageous ones. Were these mutations I now
    carry, say silent point mutations, a result of the sexual union?

    I'm still trying to hash out what is implicit in your saltational leap from
    sexual copulation to social combination. It's gotta be more than a word play
    on intercourse (sexual or social) BTW.

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