RE: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators

Gatherer, D. (
Thu, 02 Sep 1999 09:13:36 +0200

Date: Thu, 02 Sep 1999 09:13:36 +0200
From: "Gatherer, D. (Derek)" <>
Subject: RE: Dawkins' Mutation Test for Replicators
To: "''" <>

>Pardon my skepticism, but isn't that just because the kiddies haven't quite
>grasped the meaning of 'red'? eg. they may think that all red apples taste
>red, so anything tasting of apples tastes red.

the meaning is linked to a sense. the 'correct' meaning of 'red' is tied to
a colour. what you are suggesting here is that synesthesia does not exist
but in your readings you know that it does...! Synesthesia WILL cause these
sorts of expressions.

I am sceptical concerning synaesthesia. For instance....

I know of singers who when they sing see colours;

Take the above example. I know of people who claim to see 'auras', but I
don't believe in those. Give me one piece of evidence why I should believe
in synaesthesia.

When a child is born they reflect a complete program genetically.

What is that supposed to mean? Are you just saying that we all are
genetically unique (except for identical twins)?

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