Re: virus: Do memes exist?

Brett Lane Robertson (
Sat, 20 Sep 1997 16:09:36 -0500

Genes are implied by the manner in which traits are handed down across
generations by living creatures. (below)


Are they implied or are they caused?


At 12:44 PM 9/20/97 -0700, you wrote:

>On Fri, 19 Sep 1997, Wade T.Smith wrote:


>I think this would be a fruitful area to explore, but I wonder about its
>utility. When did anyone do a productive experiment to find the
>difference between things in which genes exist and the ones that don't
>have genes? I can't see a biologist running an experiment on drosophila
>and then using rocks as a control to prove that genes exist.

>Genes are implied by the manner in which traits are handed down across
>generations by living creatures. The study of /how/ they are handed down
>gave clues as to their nature, which enabled scientists to formulate a
>model of what they expected to find and then look for it. I don't think
>we have a good enough understanding of /how/ memes behave to make a model
>accurate enough to enable us to find a meme. But I may be a lone voice on
>this though.

>I too. It would not only be comforting, but illuminating as well.

>How many have read Asimov's _Foundation Trilogy_? The equation written on
>the wall of the secret room on Earth is what I'm after from memetics in
>the long run.

>(And yes, Tad, be afraid. Be VERY afraid!)

>-Prof. Tim

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