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Little confused by the question. Not sure how mutation rate links in to
apoptosis. Martyrdom would be a rough correlate to apoptosis i suppose
although the analogy between cell death for genes and person death for
memes is not a great one. Closer would just be death of an organism for
the kin selection advantages and death of a human and the memes he/she
carries for the advantage in propagating those memes. We have hashed
over martyrdom repeatedly on this list especially in the wake of the
In terms of memes that alter other memes mutation rates I guess one could
point to democracy and the scientific method. Both of these memes
survive because of their value as forces for generation and selection of
other memes. Genetic analogies would be all the genes that promote and
From: "Kenneth Van Oost" <Kenneth.Van.Oost@village.uunet.be>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 16:38:48 +0100
> Hi all, a question !?
> Apoptosis, the death response of cells.
> Is there a parallel in neurobiology, i/e/, is the mutation rate of
> memes linked
> to the death of other memes !?
> Anyone !?
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