Re: virus: MAIDS

Brett Lane Robertson (
Fri, 26 Sep 1997 19:26:58 -0500

>Are you saying that there is a /relationship/ between the
>history/background of a behavior and the cells which make up the
>individual who does the behavior? If that is right (and stop me right
>here if it isn't), is this relationship or association a physical one or a
>mental link we can recognize between the two physically (or maybe,
>objectively) disparate *processes*?

>-Prof. Tim

I am saying that there is a 100% relationship between the history/background
of a behavior and the cells which make up the individual (though whether the
particular cells belong to an individual exhibiting behavior seems
irrelevent to what I am pointing out). The relationship is a *historical*
link (not physical or mental, necessarily; although, the piece on pragmatism
suggests that "consciousness" is the relationship between an object and its
history...through the personal history of the individual)*. One may say
that history is both mental and physical; the relationnship is thereby a
conscious link (but not limited to "consciousness" in the normal subjective
sense). So, yes, the connection is a "recognition"; but more than that, the
process(es) is represented in their physical form.

If there is only one time-line, one history for all objects; then, the same
processes which built the cell also "builds" behavior. Something like "form
follows function", I'm saying that "form follows process". I do not see how
we can have two processes from one historical development (one time
line)--though perhaps two offshoots from the same developmental process?
So, as the history is the same (process), so cell and behavior are the same

I am guessing there may be several basic processes--offshoots of one main
process (the history of man, the history of woman, the history of
humankind/the history of a sperm, the history of an egg, the history of
humankind). I may be assuming too much when I say that memetics is such a
basic process that a physical structure will be found which has made this
process into a recognizable form (structure)...I don't think I am off base.


*An object (house) stands before one. The person has an understanding of
houses through their personal history...perhaps even this history of this
particular house; though to be sure, this house also has a personal history.
The conscious recognition of the house is how the object and the history
come together.

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