Re: Genetic Memes

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Mon, 13 Apr 1998 14:49:55 +0000

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Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 14:49:55 +0000
Subject: Re: Genetic Memes

I'm interested in the genetic meme: Memes are not language dependent.
A facial expression can convey a complex meme, especially with a
familiar friend. Some of these meaninngful patterns are hardwired.
For instance, facial expressions of basic feelings are the same in
every human (and some primates) with the addition of cultural
It seems to me that evolutionary psychology and memetics are fields that
will benefit powerfully from collaboration. Because what meaning is
genetic may need to be called genetic meme-tendencies. For researchers
with the right combined backgrounds it seems quite plausible that we
could come to understand the differences between these in born
tendencies (such as reciprocation, rise to a challenge, ad inf.) and
cultural variations or innovations.
For those interested in memetic "engineering", propagating or
proslytising ones system of categorizing reality, or developing a global
ethics, this differentiation is necessary.
I would appreciate any comments this may call forth!
Valerie Stansfield
Los Angeles

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