Beam me up, Scotty

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    > >> > Dimensions are just ways of looking at
    > >> > space by comparing one arbitrarily chosen section of it to another.
    > >> > Again, the comparison takes place in the brain and not in space.
    > >> >
    > >> > Grant
    > >>
    > How do you know that it might, instead of being stored in the "brain"
    > (that amorpous clump of mush that couldn't possibly "store" memories),
    > not be beamed to you morphically? Perhaps your amorpous clump of
    > mush acts as an antenna and is tuned to the right frequency, the species
    > frequency?

    Do fill us in on your little sci-fi fantasy, Scott.

    > Has the hook set well? Can I start reeling it in? Either I'm trolling Ted
    > the Sheldrakian or Grant who might be too new to know Ted's source
    > of inspiration.

    I've never suggested that form (morphe) is beamed into our heads. My claim
    is that memory is a property of nature. What distinguishes life from, say,
    books and computers, is that living things possess natural memory-- the
    retention of the past-- while books and computers rely on storage of
    material configurations.

    Btw, this is Bergson, not Sheldrake. And it was Elsasser, rather than
    Sheldrake, who first applied Bergson to organisms. Elsasser realized that
    organisms would have no way of knowing how to develop from the egg without
    some kind of "holistic memory." As a physicist, he rejected the notion that
    DNA could somehow set in motion a purely physical process of development.
    He based his reasoning on the fact that physical systems can be understood
    according to fairly simple calculations, whereas biological systems are


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