RE: The story-telling ape (was virus: Logic)

Robin Faichney (
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 10:09:15 +0100

> From: David McFadzean[]
> Whenever we wonder why we exhibit some particular behavior or trait,
> a good explanation will involve showing how it is in the best interest
> of some meme or gene that we do.[1] This is the level of logic: this
> trait will propagate if and only if it is in the best interest of
> these replicators which have influence over the production of said
> trait.[2]
I agree that all behaviour *can* be analysed in terms of
genes and memes, but disagree this particular story has
any special significance. Like any other, it has its
advantages and its disadvantages.

Do you see this story as conflicting with free will, or
compatible with it?