Re: On influencing factors

Bill Benzon (
Fri, 06 Nov 1998 16:27:05 -0500

Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 16:27:05 -0500
From: Bill Benzon <>
Subject: Re: On influencing factors

Mark Mills wrote:

> It seems to me that 'signal transduction' is rapidly spreading into the
> domain of neural function.
> This is highly relevant to the ongoing debate regarding the 'location' of
> memetic processes. The 'Gatherer' position has been that the study of
> neural processes is so difficult that locating memetic processes in
> neural tissue is either impossible or a waste of time.
> It seems that one of your own specialties, signal transduction, is moving
> right into the domain of research you dismiss.
> Interesting.
> I am probably being overly redundant, so I admit to a degree of
> foolishness in the following. I think those interested in advancing
> memetics as an empirical science, complete with academic standing and
> research funding, should pay close attention to the spread of 'signal
> transduction' concepts into neural tissue research.

Folks have certainly been looking signal transduction and transmission in the
nervous system for years. But it's one thing to follow potentials and ions
hither and yon, and quite another to understand what/how these signals
represent/encode perceptions, thoughts, actions, etc.

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