Re: Definition of meme

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Tue 20 May 2003 - 23:21:24 GMT

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    At 12:19 PM 20/05/03 -0500, joe wrote:
    > > Keith:
    > > >Do you have any doubt that the physical representation of a meme in a
    > > >brain (where memes exist as a class of memory) can be found? (Given
    > > >fine enough tools of course.) Here is a thought experiment on how to
    > > >do it:
    > > >
    > > >Take a snapshot of the places and states of every atom in a
    > > >brain. Immediately have the brain learn a new a new phone number,
    > > >snapshot again. Subtract. Ignoring the (eventually solvable)

    snip (some of mine and some of Phil's.)

    >The number most likely would be encoded, not in an additional pattern,
    >but in the difference between a prior (at rest or otherwise occupied0
    >pattern and the subsequent one.

    Exactly. That's why I wrote "subtract."

    Keith Henson

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