Re: Doing the neural walk

Mark Mills (
Tue, 15 Sep 98 09:04:25 -0600

Subject: Re: Doing the neural walk
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 98 09:04:25 -0600
From: Mark Mills <>
To: "Memetics List" <>
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>>1. Both genes and memes are substance (substance model)
>>2. Both genes and memes are process (cybernetic model)
>>3. Genes are substance, memes are process (common hybrid)
>>4. Memes are substance, genes are process (unknown hybrid)

>I'm afraid I still find the isomorphism implied in sticking too rigorously
>with the gene/meme analogy a little contrived. (Does that put me in #5 or on
>another list?)

This comment is probably spoken from option 3, the common hybrid. The
unknown hybrid is also an option since it down plays parallels between
memes and genes. I don't know anyone who uses this perspective, though.

>Of the options above, #2 seems most palatable to this
>particular sensibility since process (or information) can express
>itself in so many different forms.



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