Re: Lamarckism and Category (?) Mistakes

Chris Cleirigh (
Sat, 7 Jun 1997 11:10:50 +1000 (EST)

Date: Sat, 7 Jun 1997 11:10:50 +1000 (EST)
From: Chris Cleirigh <>
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Subject: Re: Lamarckism and Category (?) Mistakes

Timothy Perper wrote:

>I'm not sure I know what a "memome" is, but if it's a typo for "meme,"

Not a typo. I used memome for the memetic complement of an organism,
parallel to genome, the genetic complement of an organism.

Regarding my previous remark about memes (as replicators -- not phenotypic
expressions) only existing in neural systems, my reasoning is based on my
belief that the "information" in meme phenotypes, by which I mean
perceptible behaviour or the (extended) artefacts that behaviour produces,
is not information unless there are brains around to categorise it.

Nick Rose wrote:
>What is directed mutation?

Directed mutation is the idea that mutation of genes can somehow of itself
proceed towards adaptation -- a view I don't hold. My point in mentioning it
was to point out that if a selection process is wrongly interpreted as a
mutation event, the "mutation" will seem directed toward adaptation, when
in effect, an adaptive mutation (or recombination) has been selected in a
population of variants.

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