Re: implied or inferred memes

Mark M. Mills (
Sat, 9 Oct 99 13:21:16 -0000

Subject: Re: implied or inferred memes
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 99 13:21:16 -0000
From: "Mark M. Mills" <>
To: "Memetics List" <>


I've been thinking about your comments regarding holographic storage of

The holographic memory concept provides a model for storage, but leaves
the question of 'processing' untouched.

Using the Turning machine as a simple model, one needs:

1. a memory media (tape),
2. data reading capacity,
3. data writing capacity,
4. the ability to access specific locations in the memory media and
5. a fundamental instruction set. Part of the instruction set is the
ability to differentiate between 'data' and 'commands' on the memory

The holographic memory idea addresses #1, the memory media. The other 4
items are not addressed.

#2, #3, and #4 seem relatively obvious to model. Somehow, the brain
finds the right set of cells involved in storing a particular memory and
addresses them in the manner of a telephone switchboard. (there are some
obvious problems here, since the body has no fixed addressing scheme for
memory locations, but I'll pass on it for now).

#5 is more of a problem. Do you have any thoughts on this? Do you think
neural systems have a fundamental instruction set for initiating
processing (and bootstrapping)?


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