RE: virus: Memetical Axioms

David McFadzean (
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 10:14:15 -0600

At 01:55 PM 9/24/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:

>I guess we're talking physiology here, or at least physiological
>influences on behaviour. Or the influence of structure on
>function. I think the emotions constitute a good example of
>this kind of thing. The emotional appeal of memes is often a
>highly significant feature in accounting for their success.

That is an important and interesting line of inquiry, but I was
talking about genetic behaviors that operate on the same level
as memes (not just influencing memes). For example, blinking
and winking. Winking is obviously a manifestation of a meme,
everyone that winks learned the behavior from someone. But
blinking is genetic, except in very rare cases blinking does
not have to be learned, so it must be caused by genes somehow.
If winking is a meme, what is blinking?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus