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Comment 17 by QuestioningKat

Ideas are dependent upon functions of the brain, but the idea cannot be manipulated separately by matter like a chisel to a rock.

It's not that difficult to pin down, trust me. Let's say an idea is a bit of my brain, just to keep it rough. Now the spread of the idea would be the idea appearing in more brains. It could be said to be a population of ideas. Now, the population of ideas itself could replicate, each generation being a new population of ideas budding off the old one like clouds fragmenting and then each one growing. You'd have a kind of evolution of populations if this went on for enough buddings and the idea occasionally changed in detail. Is that what you're getting at?

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:18:00 UTC | #949869