Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 23 Sep 1998 12:58:20 -0700

From: "Tim Rhodes" <>
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Subject: Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 12:58:20 -0700

Aaron writes:

>If I take a rat, temporarily shut down its brain, and use spinal electrodes
>to make it run a maze, then this is a case of the animal exhibiting the
>behavior without having a meme or a mnemon for that behavior. As I see it,
>the behavior alone is not eligible for consideration as a mnemon or a meme.

And if another rat watches the first and from that learns to run the maze,
has the second rat aquired a meme? If so, how? For there was never an
internal mnemon to aquire. If not, what is it about the neural information
the second rat now posseses that makes noticeably it different from the
neural information found in another rat who might have learned the maze from
its parent?

-Tim Rhodes

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