Re: virus: Memes and Genes
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 11:21:21 -0500 (CDT)

On Wed, 16 Oct 1996, Martin Traynor wrote:

> On 15 Oct 96 at 21:35, Reed Konsler wrote:
> > I assert: For the vast majority of people (95%) genetics plays little or
> > no role in memetic development.
> Except possibly where the physical structure of the brain has an
> effect on its content, but this would apply more to the memetic
> development of a species rather than its individual members.

No, definitely:

This is in the literature:

There is a high correlation between the following:
Resistance to thyroid hormone [whatever that is; it's a single
recessive allele. This must be prenatal to be effective.]
Duplicated Henschle's gyri and Sylvian fissures
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The last has major effects on memetic content, since the usual
implementation is to make it physically impossible to stay on-task! This
completely changes the organization techniques required to function in
daily life, let alone at work.

That is: (some of) the physiological alterations at stage 2 reflect
functional changes in ADHD, which physically render a typical mental skill
IMPOSSIBLE. Just as a quadriplegic cannot walk for physical reasons, so
an ADHD person cannot stay on-task for physical reasons. And all of this
is driven by a single duplicated recessive allele. Stage 1 may be
biasing, but if the Stage 2 effects are physiological, Stage 3 becomes
almost unavoidable.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd