Re: What came first?

Tim Rhodes (
Tue, 5 Oct 1999 10:40:39 -0700

From: "Tim Rhodes" <>
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Subject: Re: What came first?
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999 10:40:39 -0700

Bill Spight wrote:

<<<General comment. There seem to be three general camps regarding the
application of the genotype-phenotype distinction to memes. For one camp,
the genotype is encoded in brains, and the external manifestation is the
phenotype. For another camp, the manifest cultural behavior or artifact is
the genotype, and some associated neurological structure is the phenotype.
For the third camp, the genotype-phenotype distinction does not apply, as a
rule; memes simply take different forms.>>>

And there is also the position--related to #3 above--that memes (in both
forms) are the genotypes and cultures the phenotypes and that feedback from
the culture selects on each meme differently depending on its


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