From: Van oost Kenneth (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 19 Oct 2002 - 13:44:01 GMT
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> The idea is that all the ideas that one might be able to have would have
> an accompanying excitation/dampening potential pattern in the brain.
> Some neurons and synapses are excited for any particular idea, and
> others are not. Thus, the total existing neuron/synapse pattern of the
> material substrate brain is not the meme, but the environment; it is the
> particular subset of neurons/synapses that are excited and dampened
> when one entertains a particular idea that constitutes the mental
> correlate of a particular candidate meme (it's only really a meme if part
> of that pattern corresponds to behavior that may cause the pattern's
> replication (or at least a close enough approximation, considering their
> differing neuronal/synaptic environmental gestalt contextures, so that
> part of the pattern produced will correspond to them in turn engaging in
> a similar behavior) in the brains of observing others).
This comes close to what I see is happening in the brain, though !
I said this before, to really understand the meme you have to count
in all possible angles of its existence, that is thus, like you said,
counting in all possible accompanying excitations and others.
That means also counting in all possible emotions/ behaviors
attached to it.
That is, I think what is happening in the brain. Each new set of
info starts up a ' network ' of underlying info to get us the picture
we need to survive
Seeing a rat is accompied with all possible emotions/ traits and
habits... socially/ cultural or whatever agreed upon.
Each new picture of a rat sets the network in motion, time after
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