Re: virus: Memetical Axioms

David McFadzean (
Sun, 21 Sep 1997 15:52:53 -0600

At 02:27 PM 9/20/97 -0700, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:

>But we're not solely memetic creatures, so I do have a quibble with 1a.
>We are the combination of our genes and our memes. That _combination_ has
>some power of selection over what memes it accepts as part of itself.

I think this might be an example of confusing levels of descriptions
in the way Robin warned us about. Genes really only control which proteins
are created in our cells. There's no doubt this has an effect on what
memes can survive in our heads, obviously the structure of the human
brain is an important factor.

Does this analogy hold?: Someone suggests a computer's operating system
is responsible for controlling which program runs on the CPU at any given
time. Someone else says, no, it is a combination of the operating system
and the hardware. True, the hardware is a definite factor, but irrelevant
to this level of description.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus