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From: Grant Callaghan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I feel sorry for the
> children who followed their instincts to their deaths, but I don't really
> see any deep psychological underpinning for it. To me it looks a lot like
> what happens when a child dashes in front of a car or falls into a
> pool and drowns -- an unfortunate accident. We can't child-proof the
> to avoid them.
I feel sorry too ! My understanding of the facts are quite the same except
for not seeing any deep psychological underpinning for it.
I stand convinced of the fact that in many cultures children were not to be
harmed, more for moral and ethical reasons than for the being of the kid
itself. In a sense we, the eldery/ the parents always discharge children
any responsibility. We are trying to make the world child- proof in a very
It is my view that ( Lamarckian) memetic inheritance, that is, inheritance
of thoughts, insights, opinions,... are part of the puzzle !
It all boils down to the point that the concept of natural selection is just
another favorable mutation in extremis chosen by a particular memetic
Moreover, there is nothing wrong with the view that even certain or par-
ticular behavioral traits of which we think they are promoted by natural
selection are in fact already ' chosen mutations '. Investigators would see
those as outcomes of a Darwinian natural selection process where in fact
a Lamarckian one holds the key.
It is my suggestion that memecomplexes/ brainstructures may have
mechanisms fo choosing which memes suits best.
Thanks for the link,
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