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1625Re: [nanotech] Re: Memes vs. miruses

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  • eugene.leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
    Jan 2, 2001
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      Samantha Atkins wrote:
      >
      > Ed Minchau wrote:
      [...]
      > > Aren't they? A cell, ie a neuron, can be viewed as a little machine;
      > > so can a group of neurons and the connections between them. An idea

      For a more detailed view on this you should check out
      http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v3/n11s/index.html
      (dicovered by Torsten Nahm).

      > > is the physical manifestation of a meme in a human brain, formed as
      > > connections are made or lost.
      > >
      >
      > No. A machine implementing an idea or a design is not the idea or the
      > design. If it is special purpose it may be said to embody the design.
      > But a computer, for example, is not Microsoft Word (a program) even if
      > it is running Microsoft Word (and little else due to bloat!).
      >
      > - samantha
      >
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