Re: Memes inside brain

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    Dear Salice,

    > > Consider the complaint of the
    > > young mother that she is treating her children in ways that her mother
    > > treated her that she hates. This is a fairly clear case of memetic
    > > inheritance, but there is no evidence of imitation.
    > Well she imitates her mother even if she hates it. There's no reason
    > that you have to like what you imitate. As i said before imitation of
    > behaviour or meme-selection isn't always a conscious decision-based
    > process.

    What I mean is that the memes for treating her children were passed on
    to her *before* she enacted them in real life. This second enactment may
    be called imitation, but it is *not* the imitation by which the memes
    are inherited. That's my point.

    From Derek's point of view, however, the second enactment is the
    imitation, I expect. However, in that view the meme is the behavior
    itself, not what produces the behavior.



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