Re: virus: Together or Not

Marie Foster (
Sun, 30 Nov 1997 12:14:01 -0800

Tim Rhodes wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Nov 1997, Marie Foster wrote:
> > Tim Rhodes wrote:
> > > I wonder if it is proper to say that "I" is a meme or if various models of
> > > the self, which when employed call themselves "I", is in fact the meme.
> > >
> > > (It is the transmittable aspect of memes that makes me hesitant to attach
> > > the "meme" label to the general phenomena of consciousness)
> >
> > Is there a risk in applying it to the general phenomena of
> > consciousness?
> I'm not so sure consciousness behaves in the way we have (most vaguely)
> claimed that a meme would.
> Is it transmittable? (Whether it actually does or not.)
> Is it open to mutation during propigation? (Again, I think "propigation"
> is the stumbling block here.)
> Does consciousness "replicate"? If so, how?
> -Prof. Tim

Does consciousness replicate.... Hmmmm. Actually, I am wondering if we
are up to that right now in working with other species and trying to
teach them to communicate. One of the most interesting of these is the
work done with the African Grey Parrott. Just an idea.