From: Len Adleman The Gold Star of Truth


c.      Nature vs Nurture: Is the nature versus nurture controversy informed by the fact that humans are the substrate for two lines of evolution: memetic and genetic



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c.      Nature vs Nurture: Is the nature versus nurture controversy informed by the fact that humans are the substrate for two lines of evolution: memetic and genetic.

                                                    i.     Joan of Arc: If you renounce your memes you will live; if you do not you will die.  



1.     Memes to Joan: Don’t renounce. Renounce and your followers will be disappointed and will be less inclined to value and spread your memes. Don’t renounce, become a martyr, and your followers will be inspired and spread your memes.

2.     Genes to Joan: Renounce. If you renounce, you may later have kids and make your genes more abundant. Don’t renounce and you die – very bad for your genes.

d.     Meme survival depends on the meme itself; in the same sense that genes survival depends on the gene.  A gene that causes infertility is certainly conceivable – but we see it rarely (as a mutation- some versions of Robertsonian translocation may be a case in point) – there are few copies in the gene-pool.  Why?  Same reason the “remain celibate” meme is not found in many brains.  Why is the Christian meme-set wide spread, could it have to do with the memes in the set  such as: “do not use birth control”, “do not get an abortion”, “make sure your children go to Sunday school and become Christians”, “go on missions to other places and teach them to be Christians” and, at times, “go on crusades”.

                                                    i.     Ideas, expounded by some, such as a `religion gene’, or a `human yearning’ are non-sense (i.e. not part of the `rationalist meme-set’). Religions exist and arise frequently in human cultures because religious meme-sets work – they are successful.



e.     You are a MEMEBOT !: memes are using you to do their jobs

                                                    i.     Consider the religions: Christianity and Islam.  They both apparently have the meme: `proselytize’. That is, believers in both religions put a silver star of goodness on spreading their memes into (heretic/infidel) brains that do not already have (or at least do not sufficiently value) th


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