Re: Meme vs. meme-vehicle

Dr I Price (
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 12:50:13 -0400

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 12:50:13 -0400
From: Dr I Price <>
Subject: Re: Meme vs. meme-vehicle
To: "" <>

Mark =

If =

>The gene is the =

'code.' The protein allows one to decode the DNA sequence.

I am using this 'system' as a basis and starting point for memetics. =

The substrate is the neural network of the brain. The code is a set of =

proteins set into the synapses to 'weight' electro-chemical waves =

crossing the neural network created by billions of these synapse =

connections. =

Much erudite text snipped here

I have not yet mentioned gene-vehicles, nor meme-vehicles. If there is a =

meme-vehicle, I'd say it was the sperm and egg. Carried within the DNA =

code and embryology (form factors) of these life states, there are the =

process that plant the inherent 'initial' memetic structure each =

individual receives.

Based on the above, would you still call the code within the brain as =



I would not restrict the gene vehicle to the sprem and egg which are the
start point of the life cycle of the gene vehicle [at least if one accept=
Dawkins logic from the Extended Phenotype which I find convincing].

I would still include the code within the brain as part of the phenotype=

which the meme creates for its own ends, [its own replication]. As you sa=
it is part of the protein structure the replicator creates. But then
perhaps I am too parasitised by the replicator meme.

Many thanks for your post. It is a 'keeper'


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