RE: virus: Re: Memes are necessarily hosted by sentient beings?
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 09:32:36 -0700 (MST)

> I don't know that copying an idea (like a web) from a non-sentient animal
> makes that animal a meme-carrier. But I have a related question: what about
> birds that learn sounds?

> There are a lot of mockingbirds in my neighborhood. A just-fledged one
> was hopping around this morning (on stubby little wings), and making a
> sort of "peep, peep" noise. Older mockingbirds sing. The point, though,
> is that they don't sing a standard mockingbird song. They sing the songs
> of whatever birds they've been exposed to. If I hear a robin, or a cardinal,
> or a bluejay, there's always the chance that I'm really hearing a
> mockingbird
> that heard one of those birds, or that learned the robin song from another
> mockingbird. That looks a lot like meme transmittal. (Some mockingbirds
> have also learned the sound of car alarms.)

> Vicki Rosenzweig

Wow. An example of a technologicaly created meme transferred to a sentient
being. Did anyone hear about the parrot that was trained to tell the
difference between things at a conceptual level? You could hold up a red key
and a blue key. The parrot could tell you the color of each key, and that the
difference between the two keys was their color. This was only one example
that they showed of what this parrot could do..