Re: I know one when I see one

From: Bill Spight (
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 20:04:37 GMT

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    Dear Ted,

    > > So your claim is that memes are alive, right?
    > The basic idea of memetics is that memes play the same role in human
    > evolution that genes play in natural evolution. Memes provide the
    > particulate aspect of human culture and consciousness, just as genes are the
    > "particles" of species and organism. The particles of *living* matter
    > are necessarily alive, just as the particles of inanimate matter, electrons
    > and quarks, are not.

    I can't tell from your reply whether you are claiming that memes are alive, which you seemed to be doing earlier. Is that your claim? Thanks.

    > > > > Do the genes for blood type replicate themselves? If so, how?
    > > >
    > > > All genes replicate themselves in the process of cell division.
    > >
    > > How do the genes for blood type affect cell division?
    > It's not that every gene individually replicates itself but that the genetic
    > material, taken as a whole, replicates itself via the production of the
    > appropriate enzymes.

    So you agree that each gene is not a self-replicator per se.



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