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Randomness [Sep. 27th, 2005|09:24 pm]
Peter Sheil
From a friend's journal on a completely random branch away from the main subject (about how new words were created from old ones) :-

Communication is brain sex.



[User Picture]From: tamnonlinear
2005-09-27 08:34 pm (UTC)
Well, frivolous as the comment was, there is a reasonable amount of thought behind it.

Bodies work with other bodies to make new bodies, at least in multi-cellulare organizations that practice sexual reproduction without selfing. Communication is the interchange of ideas to see which ones you want to keep and possibly pass on.

Humans, it has been pointed out, are a product of their culture as much as their genetics, You get instilled with ideas and concepts that determine the way you behave in much the same way as a particular set of genes makes you more or less fit (for a given definition of that term) to survive. An idea that helps itself survive and get passed on is in some way behaving like a gene (using the Dawkins paradigm of selfish genes here).

This is not a new idea. The term for and idea that acts like a bit of heritable information is a 'meme'. I think you may have seen it around livejournal a time or two.

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From: runningdiary
2005-09-27 10:43 pm (UTC)
It is certainly true that memes develop like a life form, transmuting and changing over time sometimes :)

Humans have now disassociated themselves from the darwinian selection process, to a very large extent (at least in the western world). It could well be that ideas are the only remaining Darwinian interaction we have left.

I probably ought to think some more on this, but bed calls!

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