From: Kate Distin (email@example.com)
Date: Wed 30 Mar 2005 - 12:24:55 GMT
Keo Ormsby wrote:
> "Kate Distin" wrote:
>> The claim that there exist social facts, independent of the members of
>> society about which they are facts, may be received with incredulity.
>> Such "facts" can seem rather mysterious and unconvincing.
> But alas, this also happens with genes. What do we mean when we say that
> a gene "exists"? Does it necessarily have to have a manifestation in an
> organism? I can download a sequence from GeneBank and change an
> aminoacid that I reasonably know will not hamper its expression, but
> might have phenotypic effects. Is this a new gene existing only in
> cyberspace? Or it is not a gene until someone synthesizes it and puts it
> in and organism? It is clear (at least to me) that genes exist
> independently from pirimidines and purines, in the same way that social
> facts exist independently from individuals. It is only *relevant* to
> study them if they are expressed in some way.
> Keo Ormsby
I agree - the same information can be represented in several different
ways, and additionally those representations may be realized in a
variety of different media. This must be as true for genes as for memes.
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