Re: Defining the word "replicator" (was Re: Silent memes)

From: derek gatherer (
Date: Fri 01 Aug 2003 - 08:53:33 GMT

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     --- wrote: > In a message dated the
    > following definition given by Richard Dawkins in
    > 1982 in
    > _The Extended Phenotype_, where he states:
    > "I define a _replicator_ as anything in the universe
    > of
    > which copies are made." (p. 83)

    But on page 84 he qualifies this extensively with the notions of longevity, fecundity and fidelity. That's why genes are replicators but chromosomes and individual nucleotides aren't, even though they get copied.

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