From: Scott Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 04 Apr 2005 - 22:07:50 GMT
--- Bill Spight <email@example.com> wrote:
> Dear Scott,
> > I have pondered Dawkins's familiarity with the
> > research literature.
> Has he ever indicated that he had any?
I'd assume that someone who published an article called "Selective neurone death as a possible memory mechanism" in the journal _Nature_ (1971. Vol. 229: pp. 118-9) might have a passing knowledge of the memory literature at that time. I'm kinda funny that way, I suppose. He cites several references in that article, but I haven't had a chance to do any digging yet. Yet, yes, I'd say this Dawkins authored article is an indicator of familiarity.
I find the similarities between Dawkins meme notion
and Julian Huxley's noogenetics more striking though,
than any vague theoretical similarity between the meme
and the mneme. I would assume Dawkins was acquainted
with some of Huxley's writings.
I recall Aaron Lynch posting on a more direct
connection between Dawkins and Cloak, but still find
other relatively unexplored avenues appealing.
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