Notes of Dads 4. Memes and Memetics the New Replicators.


 
40) To have the ability and means to solve the world’s problems and yet refuse to do so is madness. For a definition of madness. See, Aldous Huxley. (on this blog)
                                 
41) A large factor in the making of Napoleon was the desire to amaze, astonish, and subdue the minds of the Bonaparte family their neighbours. He promoted his brothers ridiculously for they were most ordinary men. But one person who knows him well was neither amazed nor subdued. This was his mother. He sent her money to spend and astonish the neighbours, he exhorted her to make a display, to live as became the mother of, so marvellous, so world-shaking, a son.
                                 
But the good lady, who had birched the ‘Man of Destiny’ at the age of sixteen for grimacing at his grandmother, was neither, dazzled nor deceived by him at the age of thirty two. All France might worship him, but she had no illusions. She put by the money he sent her, she continued her customary economies, "When it is all over," she said, "You will be glad of my savings". See, ‘Outline of History’ by HG Wells, p 929.
                                 
42)    500 million animal are slaughtered in UK each year for meat. BBC World service 1987.
                                 
43)    What are you going to use your brain for? See, entry on blog.
                                 
44)    Many of those who denounce secularism and materialism, are the very same people who in their personal lives are crassly materialistic and morally corrupt. Who but a religious guru would feel the need to go around in a gold plated limousine?" See p21 ‘New Humanist Vol 102 No 3. Very interesting piece on the, ‘myth of India’ and spirituality. 
                                 
45)    "The increasing desire to shed social meres and rid ourselves of constraint, as the up wave progresses, also, has its influence on literature and the theatre.’Oh Calcutta’ and ‘Hair’, with full frontal nudity on stage, were the hit shows of the 1970’s. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, the cinema would not permit a man and woman to be shown in bed together, even fully clothed. During the 1970’s film goers were treated to a varied diet of male, and female, copulation on the screen involving men and women together in bed, unclothed. The film, ‘Caligula’ released in late 1979, featured homosexuality, sodomy, fellatio, cunnilingus, rape (the male and female variety), and a scene where the Mother of the Roman Emperor was having a sperm bath, while a group of Centurions masturbated into the bathing vessel to keep it topped up". See, ‘Downwave’ by Robert Beckman. p46.
                                 
46)   
"Democracy is the worst form of government one can imagine, until one tries to imagine one that is better." Winston Churchill.
                                 
47)    "If you don’t care you will die". The last words of Arnold Weskers’ play ‘Chicken Soup With Parsley’. BBC World Service 24/1/88. Made a tremendous impression!
                                 
48)    ‘Oriental Desperation’ by Carl Wittfogel. 
A study that traces a line from bureaucratic dictatorships of ancient societies, built massive irrigation systems, to Stalin’s Industrial Dictatorship.
                                 
49)   ‘The Kingdom or the Darkness’ or ‘I Don’t Know and I Don’t Care’. Titles for my book.
                                 
50)    And, the most common ancestor of Homo Sapiens with the great apes was at least 2 million years ago.* Moreover, the human brain increased in volume about fourfold in that period. * The 2 million year estimate is a minimum based on immunological similarities between humans and great apes. The fossil evidence puts the date much further back at 5 million years. ‘Not In Our Genes’, by Rose, Levontin, and Kamin. p 255.
                                 
51)    "If we defend the title to our land or the sovereignty of our country, we do it for reasons no different, no less innate, no less ineradicable, than do lower animals. The dog barking at you from his masters fence acts for a motive indistinguishable from that of his master when the fence was built. Quoted in, Robert Ardrey ‘The Territorial Imperative’.
                               
 52) On ‘The Selfish Gene’, "I speculated that we may now be on the threshold of a new kind of genetic takeover. DNA replicators built ‘survival machines’ for themselves, the bodies of living organisms including ourselves. As part of the equipment, bodies evolved on board computers, brains. Brains evolved the capacity to communicate with other brains by means of language and cultural traditions. But the new milieu of cultural tradition opens up new possibilities for self replicating entities. The new replicators are not DNA and they are not clay crystals. They are patterns of information that can thrive only in brains or the artificially manufactured product of brains, books, computers, and so on… But, given that brains, books and computers, exist, these new replicators, which I call memes to distinguish them from genes, can propagate themselves from brain to brain, from brain to book, from brain to computer, from computer to computer. As they propagate they can change – mutate. And perhaps ‘mutant memes’ can exert the kind of influence that I am here calling ‘replicator power’. 
Remember that this means any kind of influence affecting their own likelihood of being propagated. Evolution under the influence of the new replicators – memic evolution – is in its infancy. It is manifested in the phenomena that we call cultural evolution. Cultural evolution is many orders of magnitude faster than DNA  based evolution, which sets one even more to thinking of the idea of ‘takeover’. And if a new kind of replicator takeover is beginning, it is conceivable that it will take off so far as to leave its parent DNA…far behind. If so, we may be sure that computers will be in the van. See, ‘The Blind Watchmaker’ by Richard Dawkins FRS, page 157 &158, Penguin Science, ISBN 0-14-014481-1 See, as well as Dawkins:- Richard Brodie ‘Virus Of The Mind’. Susan Blackmore. Memetics.

Religionists.

"Is God (just) a meme? Rather disappointing if you have spent a lot of time thinking their is one! However, the study of nature is much deeper and so much more interesting! Don’t waste time on what is an unlikely – maybe, but what is NOW! Your time is so short and only seems a little longer, when you are young". Daddy!

                                 
53)    Becoming human is a process – not an event. ‘Ape or Angel’. Mans place in nature?
                                 
54)   This is the age of the anti-hero, where all heroes are exposed as cowards, liars, or maniacs. An age in which individuals are told that anything unpleasant which happens to them is the fault of somebody else. What are these amoral, spiritually empty lumps of humanity supposed to study? Some sugary pap, which goes under the ‘generic’ name of  "relationships". Having grasped that they are helpless tools of their appetites and social conditioning, men, and women, are expected to seek out their fellows waifs and establish some bond with them. I pity any institution forced to tell such people to leave undone that which they would rather do. See, Brian Walden, Sunday Times 21st Feb 1988.
                                 
55)    The uneducated are not conscious of History. The rise of the West and why, the connection between, freedom and capitalism, the psychological fallacy, natural selection, and selection of groups in history, or the freedom of ideas. Read again ‘The Triumph of The West’ and put in plain succinct language. Will the trend continue? Yes, because of freedom of ideas? 

 

Despite dreadful setbacks vis : ignorant youth moulded by rapacious media. The damp squib of Socialism and Communism, the deep ignorance of the young and not so young, elitism is correct (prove this by historical example). "The masses must be whipped towards a future that only the leaders can see. Every beast is driven to the pasture with blows. The thin crust of civilization is maintained by the very few. Capacity for contempt – Lawrence re, youth? How do ideas come by : not having to think of the next thing and freedom from necessity, except, for the exceptionally experienced and intelligent who can separate themselves from ‘The sleep of everyday living’ and ‘awful personal disasters’. This is a difficult problem and may revolve around the correct use of time, "the busy may have their brains so stimulated that a switch to ‘deeper’ things comes easier".
                                 
Insight example: "Why do educated dog lovers love dogs"?

Desmond Morris’s (The Naked Ape) answer, "Dogs are honest and many admire honesty". See, Admiration!
                                 
The ignorant are powerless, because they are manipulated unconsciously by media, as they are ignorant they lack the capacity of critical thought.

"The uneducated believe in nothing and the educated in everything"! See, that of, Bertrand Russell and Nazi Germany.
                                 
56)    For the true scientific method is this: 

"To make no unnecessary hypothesis, to trust no statements without verification, to test all things as rigorously as possible, to keep no secrets, to attempt no monopolies, to give out one’s best modestly, and plainly, serving no other end but knowledge". H G Wells ‘The Outline of History’ p758.
                                 
57)    About the Brain BBC Discovery 1988,  8
5% Cortex.
                                Magic, Sex, and Violence

                                 
                                1. Before magic. 2. Magic. 3. Magic &
                                Religion. 4. Before sex. 5. Sex. 6. Magic,
                                Sex, and Violence.

                                Apes to Magic

                                 
                                Becoming Human is a process – not an event
                                
                                ‘Ape or Angel’, ‘Man’s Place In Nature’.
                                 
58)    12/2/88 I heard a prominent US businessman say on ‘Business Matters’ BBC World Service : "Space is just another place to do business". What an example of philistine thinking!

 

59)   The Primitive Mind Today.

 The only answer to everything is a basic knowledge of HEC. History, Evolution, Cosmology.                                 
                   
                         
      

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My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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