Re: sexual selection and memes

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    > On 2 Jul 2001, at 10:18, Chris Taylor wrote:
    > > I think because memes are not bound by having to produce two sexes in
    > > the way that genes are, it is much simpler for them to specialise to
    > > only be 'fit' in a male (or to only be noticeably expressed in a male,
    > > which I think is your point Vincent).
    > >
    > Genes can do that - or have we all forgotten male pattern baldness?

    Well yeah, and genitals, but the point is that all these genes have to
    survive being in a female as well as a male at some point - there has to
    be a (switching) mechanism to take account of their presence. What I'm
    on about is the possibility of direct inheritance (vertical or
    horizontal) from male to male (or female to female) without any account
    being taken of the existence (if you like) of the opposite gender. For
    example (in humans) there are many views, held by one gender (or at
    least parts of it), of the opposite sex, which simply could not survive
    in the context of the other sex's mind - all women are X, all men are Y

     Chris Taylor ( »people»chris

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