RE: virus: Memetical Axioms

Robin Faichney (
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 19:11:34 +0100

> From: David McFadzean[]
> 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?
Sorry, don't think I understand the question: you said
yourself it's genetic -- what else do you want to know
about it? (Sorry if I came in on this late, or haven't
been paying sufficient attention since I came in.)