RE: virus: Memetical Axioms

David McFadzean (
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 13:53:28 -0600

At 11:02 AM 9/22/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:

>I think you answered yourself there, David. Sure, the genes
>have no direct affect, but we host the particular memes we do,
>in large part, due to genetically-controlled factors. What
>this comes down to, basically, is: do genes affect behaviour?
>To which the answer is, I think, unequivocally, yes.

Of course. But why stop at genes? We are not solely memetic and
genetic creatures, we are also chemical creatures and physical
creatures, so you can't talk about human behaviour without
talking about chemistry and physics, right?

>Typical computer hardware is a Universal Turing Machine:
>it can do any info processing task for which a program
>can be written. Brains are not like that.

I meant only that computers depend on the hardware to run
programs, but you don't normally consider that when talking
on the level of operating systems.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus