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On 26 Jan 2002, at 13:43, Keith Henson wrote:
> That's too wide a net to cast. A gene that benefits the entire species
> does not have any feedback to spread. The math for it to spread means it
> must save more copies of itself than are lost.
Well it's quite complex indeed. It's just a thought anyway, cause i
can't explain myself how suicide memes come about cause i don't
really believe in the memes-hijack-us thought.
> You are getting close to the models constructed by the late William
> Hamilton (Dawkins cites him a lot.)
Hm, never heard of him. Going to do some readup.
> Since we are not all that good at determining exactly who we
> are related too, ...
This is actually not really required. If one defends a culture which
includes memes which select for certain genes and these genes
are also part of the defending individual then the job is done.
I think our brain is constructed to know to a certain extend about
our genetic makeup. Like no red-haired woman would have come
up with the "red haired women are witches"-meme and so on.
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