Re: Rhythmicity, Was: Replicators, was Non Homuncular Memetics

Mark Mills (
Tue, 7 Oct 97 00:01:06 -0600

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Subject: Re: Rhythmicity, Was: Replicators, was Non Homuncular Memetics
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 97 00:01:06 -0600
From: Mark Mills <>
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Mario wrote:

>> I'd add rhythm to your list of requirements, hopefully emphasizing your
>> point. Without rhythm, the system is dead. Research has shown circadian
>> rhythms exist at the RNA level. Higher frequency rhythms probably exist
>> at the DNA-RNA level, but remain beyond our measurement skills.

>I not really understand what you refer to. I am also unaware of
>frequency rhythms. It might be interesting when you could give the
>references or explain a bit more.

You had brought up the notion that replication requires more than code
alone. It needs processor and membranes, etc. When we talk about
computer code replication (system analogy), we talk about CPU's
(processors), circuit boards (membranes) and code. Most people talking
about computer systems also talk about 'clock speed' (rhythm).

I was just trying to keep an important element of the system among the
terms mentioned. One never talks about computer performance or evolution
without keeping keeping an eye on 'clock speed.' In the same way, we
need to consider the clocks involved in memetic replication.

>>I suspect the perceived dissimilarity reflects choices in definitions
>>and perspective. It seems likely that an open minded consideration
>>of the DNA substrate/code system (genetics) with the neural
>>substrate/code system (memetics) will find remarkably similar

>The trick might be consider the initial function of nucleotide
>information as a true language (used for better communication
>between prebiotic processors....All of this needs better
>explanation, so we shouldn't discuss these preliminary ideas
>of mine any further at the moment. Only, your questions
>forced me to write this down.

Thanks for the tidbit!


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