Botnst - 1/20/2005 2:14 AM
GermanStar - 1/19/2005 8:48 PM... I have to wonder why...
Do you actually wonder?
The political things don't interest me over here. This is a good place for them and I'm awfully glad there's a forum open to them. I mean that in all sincerity. I do miss some of the political stuff over there, say 10% of it. It got to be a waste of time when the polar twins entered an unstable 3-body orbit. And that happened with increasing frequency. It wouldn't have hurt my feelings even a teensie-weenie bit to have had the other guy tossed on his ear, too. The only one that bothers me as unfairly bounced was jjl. But it rains on the just and the unjust, sorry he got hosed.
Some folks seem deeply wounded, as though betrayed by an old and trusted friend. For you folks, I say well, we may have invested just a bit too much of our lives in a diversion from life, a fantasy world where our own inventive minds give flesh to artificial personae. If it is really that important, you need to switch off the computer and get involved with real people.
But why these threads? Because they interest me. I am interested in watching the non-random segregating of memetic alleles.
There's a kind of plant, Oenothera biennis (Onagraceae) that has interesting chromosomes. In meiosis, each chromosome is assumed to randomly get assigned to one cell or the other, without influence from the other chromosme's distribution to the cells. But with O. biennis, the meiotic distribution is not random, the chromosomes array in large circular daisy chains and one complete set of chromosomes marches as a group to each daughter cell through the two-stages of meiosis. The reason why this happens in understood, there are reciprocal translocations of chromatids across different chromosomes which forces non-random allignment in metaphase I and II.
Several years ago I was introduced by a CS friend to the concept of the meme--a single particle of thought. Well, I got to thinking that seems analogous to a DNA base pair--you know A-T G-C. By arranging these pairs in three-letter sequences a whole creature can be built. Well, why not a concept, similarly constructed by equivalent base-pairs of thought?
So we had this critical mass of conceptual thought, a rich stew that was unstable for its richness. It had to spill. But instead of spilling and spattering randomly, it was nonrandom segregation of alleles.