Re: JASSS Critical Review of Thought Contagion

t (JakeSapien@aol.com)
Thu, 6 May 1999 12:49:57 EDT

From: <JakeSapien@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 6 May 1999 12:49:57 EDT
Subject: Re: JASSS Critical Review of Thought Contagion
To: memetics@mmu.ac.uk

In a message dated 5/6/99 11:09:59 AM Central Daylight Time, aaron@mcs.net
writes:

<< Nor,
incidentally, do I assume that there is *one* gene involved, but that
perhaps many genes of, say, a combined q of .1 could rise to a combined q
of .2 and quadruple the rate of repressed homosexuality. >>

Yes, I did notice that in Derek's criticism. The assumption seemed that we
are only talking about one recessive factor. I don't think that this has
been established yet for homosexuality, though much has been done to link
homosexuality to genetics generally - even though there remains some residual
disagreement on that as well. Intuitively, it would seem to me that if there
were more genetic factors involved that things might look a bit different
from the way that Derek makes it out, but honestly I lack the technical
know-how to demonstrate that, so I didn't say anything at the time.

But I would say once again that this could be yet another demonstration of
how memetics will remain in a sort of uneasy marriage with sociobiology at
least until much of the genetic side of things has been sorted out.

-Jake (memelab@aol.com under a different screen name)

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