Re: virus: What is meant by "memes affecting genes"?

David Leeper (
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 21:01:18 -0500

:> Genes are chunks of DNA. Memes are stored in the neural nets of the brain. It is impossible
:> to encode memes into genes.
:I disagree. For example, let's imagine a species which has just
:deveoped a meme of co-operation. Let us also imagine that it works
:i.e. it enhances that species ability to propogate. When genes arise
:which facilitate the co-operation meme, those genes will be more
:likely to survive. Thus we have a meme evolving into a genetic
:quality, given enough time.

What sort of genes would facilitate a co-operation meme?

David Leeper
Homo Deus