Re: memetics and genetics

Robert G (
Wed, 29 Dec 1999 12:05:16 -0500

Date: Wed, 29 Dec 1999 12:05:16 -0500
From: "Robert G.(Bob) Grimes" <>
Subject: Re: memetics and genetics

Memes do not have to be "stored" neurally but, naturally, lend themselves to
being propagated by spoken or printed word, etc. It is just that the "meme seed"
that is printed, etc., doesn't assume the full memetic stature sans being in the
neural environment. Without the "associative network," the store of experiential
associations of the individual's neural environment, the meme has nothing to
"work on." The minute it is internalized the "seed" (it can be a whole book or
library - meme complex, religion, etc.) interacts with the brain to produce the
memetic results and, because of this, each "meme in situ" is completely
"individual" and thus, although similar, produces entirely different cultural
behavior from each individual.



"Francesca S. Alcorn" wrote:

> Snipped for brevity....
> Why does it have to be brain-stored? Why not book-stored? --

Bob Grimes
Jacksonville, Florida

Man is not in control, but the man who knows he is not in control is more in

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore....."

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