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jimblake's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by jimblake

Zeuglodon, I agree with OHooligan. You are over-analyzing this issue; reducing it down to unnecessary levels.

I think you are mistaken when you say that a gene is self-replicating. A gene is informtion. The medium for this information is DNA. There is nothing in the gene that tells it to copy itself. The information in the gene is copied by the DNA into another DNA molecule. The analogy with meme theory is that the 'meme' is information, the brain is the medium, and the brain copies the information into another brain.

I think that meme theory is just a possible explanation for cultural evolution that is on a different level than biological evolution.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:32:09 UTC | #949992