Re: Study shows brain can learn without really trying

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Date: Mon Nov 05 2001 - 10:43:32 GMT

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    > Do you really think steps 1 and 4 are essentially the same as steps 2 and 3?
    > Of course there's no self involved in steps 2 and 3. But these only follow
    > automatically. There's nothing automatic about steps 1 and 4. The message
    > would never have been created without an individual to have thought of it,
    > and it can't be understood except by a person who reads it. Only when I
    > write it and you read it is it a "message." Otherwise it's just blind,
    > electronic impulses. Transmission of electronic impulses requires no self.
    > Transmission of ideas and memes does. In fact, a meme is an idea that takes
    > on its own self-existence.

    Does the self need to be more than just a stucture built of memes for
    this to work? (I'd say no because amongst other things I like the irony
    involved - as if a library became self aware and started deciding which
    books successfully got in - cue the ecosystem metaphors).

     Chris Taylor ( »people»chris

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