Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 18:50:35 GMT

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    >All three are examples of replicators.
    >Genes have active effects in cells, memes in brains, and computer viruses
    >in computers.

    I agree completely. But there are vast differences in how the various
    replaicators are encoded and the environments in which they live. None of
    them do anything until they are expressed within their environment. The
    effect they have on their environment is a function of that environment. A
    meme does not act like a gene and a computer program does not act like a
    meme. Although you can make a good case that a computer program has more in
    common with a gene than a meme since both the computer program and the gene
    use a type of Turing tape to hold the data and execute the program written
    on it. The meme's method of encoding data and executing it are still a
    question of debate.


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