From: Scott Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun 25 May 2003 - 00:13:38 GMT
>From: Keith Henson <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: (Reply to Benzon) I
>Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 20:41:41 -0400
>At 09:10 AM 23/05/03 -0700, you wrote:
>> >Gudmundur Ingi Markusson wrote:
>> >>(GIM) I agree. The assumption that information simply resides in books
>>or otherwise, waiting to be incorporated by hosts, which seems to be taken
>>for granted in much memetic discussion, is misguided. Here I think Peirce
>>is useful. In the light of his semiosis concept, information is not a
>>dyadic relation, a carrier carrying something (signifier incorporating a
>>signified), but a triadic relation, where information arises only when a
>>subject interprets a signifier (sign-vehicle).
>> >All of which is to say that mentalist memetics gets tripped up on a
>>point that linguists and semioticians have understood for a century or so.
>>Actually, I see it more as a hurdle to "jet set" memetics, such as
>>Blackmore's, where memes seem to jump in tact from books to brains to the
>>internet, and what have you.
>I think you might consider published genes as "lying there in books." A
>current major concern of certain people is that the smallpox genome is
>public as is the method of splicing in an immune suppressing gene IL-4.
Could you please expand upon this "immune supressing gene" IL-4? Has this anything to do with the cytokine interleukin-4? Thanks.
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