Re: The influence of memes on genetic evolution

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Fri 18 Apr 2003 - 21:26:50 GMT

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    Thanks for your contribution, but saying the words of a man I work with, " Why do we bother about SARS, if traffic kills, in the US, 50.000 people a year !? "


    I don't know why people are getting so worked up over SARS but what I think Mr. Ho is pointing out is that we are now in a position to create other such fearful things as the SARS epidemic. For all I know, SARS was created in one of the new Chinese labs that are springing up all over the mainland and which escaped into the population.

    But what struck me is the fact that we are now capable of creating such things and are in fact populating the world with plants and animals we really have no control over. That's a memetic way of changing the world. We decide why and what kind of new species to create and let loose on the world -- species that don't evolve according to the rules of adapting to niches in the existing environment but to suit the perceived needs of men, some of whom can be described as madmen.

    We are creating a new environment based on the wants and desires of people in various cultures that have conflicting interests. We are at the beginning of increasingly interesting times. (By "we" I mean all of humanity.)


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