Re: Replicators

t (Mark_M_Mills@pc2000dfw.com)
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 11:44:24 -0500

From: <Mark_M_Mills@pc2000dfw.com>
To: memetics@mmu.ac.uk
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 1997 11:44:24 -0500
Subject: Re: Replicators

Mario,

>It might be better to speak of encoded information (as in physical
>genes) and of processors and/or processed information. Of course
>this is not as fancy as 'replicator' which seems to be something of
>its own and which has something threatening.

I enjoyed reading your thoughtful comments. It seems you are suggesting
something of a 'systems' vocabulary.

At one point, you suggest using the terms 'structure' (centroles, membrane,
etc), 'processors' (enzymes) and 'code' (DNA, RNA). At the conclusion, you
choose 'code,' 'processors' and 'processed information.' Does this mean
'structure' and 'processed information' are related in your scheme? What
about 'input'?

I like this general direction. It provides a way to leverage the known
biological and computer 'system' theories. Also, it can potentially handle
the troubling problem of timing and scale. What is 'processed information'
at one time and scale turns out to be code at another time and scale.

Mark

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