Re: implied or inferred memes

Bill Benzon (
Tue, 5 Oct 1999 09:34:57 -0400

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Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999 09:34:57 -0400
From: (Bill Benzon)
Subject: Re: implied or inferred memes

At 1:34 AM 10/5/99 +0100, Mark M. Mills wrote:

>>Well, if folks like Walter Freeman are correct, then the correlation you're
>>looking for may not be possible, even in principle. It may not be a matter
>>of instrumentation at all. It may just be that the relationship between
>>the neural schemas and patterns of synaptic excitability is indirect and
>>fairly abstract.
>Fairly abstract? Is that like fairly pregnant?

>>Well, yeah, certainly the mind/brain is a product of development. But it's
>>not at all clear to me that this development involves mental memes. It
>>involves the development of neural structures capable of imitating the
>>G-memes required by the local culture.
>I'm puzzled by the object of your final sentence, 'neural structures
>capable of imitating the G-meme.' I think we agree that a G-meme is
>something in the environment, an object quite often. How will a neural
>structure 'imitate' an object?

My mistake. Try something like "neural structures capable of realizing the

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