From: Bill Spight (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 31 Oct 2002 - 20:04:37 GMT
> > 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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