RE: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators

Gatherer, D. (
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 09:32:49 +0200

Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 09:32:49 +0200
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators
To: "''" <>

This 'purity' concept, when applied to genes comes in the form of a link
from an individual to immediate family and from there to distant family and
so out into the species; you need a 1/1 correlation to achieve 'perfect'
communication and so all of this type of communication (if it exists) would
drop off at a high rate (1/2^n) the further away you are from the 'pure'
state. (you could test this using crystals....)

Please, let's not bring crystals into this.

There has been some discussion of testing all of this on the Quantum Mind
list and a paper has already appears in Physics Letters outlining the
proposed experiment using identical twins. Interstingly a previous
experiment 'suggested' possible linkage but also suggested that of all pairs
of identical twins only 25% of the pairs actually showed anything suggesting
'correlation', this goes along with the Dominant/Recessive format of

DD : Dr : rD : rr -- which is a level 2 dichotomisation of of the D/r
dichotomy. The rr group being those who 'suggested' some sort of link.

No, there's a simpler explanation. 25% is just the background level you'd
expect for random guessing. And the Mendelian genotypes above are just
genotypes. They are not 'level 2 dichotomisations of the D/r dichotomy'

In the 100 monkeys so a critical genetic correlation was reached that
allowed the monkeys on the other islands to 'suddenly' become aware of the
washing process;

Oh, come on Chris, what a load of old rubbish! Pardon my language, but
genetics has nothing to do with telepathy (which doesn't exist anyway!).
There is no way whatsoever that a 'critical genetic correlation' (Whatever
that is - it's not a phrase I recognise from the 15-odd years I've been
doing genetics) can cause a telepathic effect.

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