Re: Lorenz on the "mneme"

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Mon 04 Apr 2005 - 22:07:50 GMT

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    --- Bill Spight <> wrote:

    > Dear Scott,
    > > I have pondered Dawkins's familiarity with the
    > memory
    > > 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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