Questions on memory storage...
rberry1 at airmail.net
Thu Sep 5 18:47:12 EST 1996
Jerry asserts the following:
"A cell doesn't "remember" the evolutionary history of its species; it
only "knows" how to do its job, at best."
I think that is too confident a statement. There is no reason whatever
that the genetic makeup of a cell could not code a "compressed" type of
memory in, for instance, the form of a constellation of proteins with
point mutations that reflect a type of memory for environmental
conditions existing at some time in an organisms evolutionary past.
Granted, I doubt that my grandchilds cheeks cells (or any other) will
contain memory for the visage of my Aunt Margaret. But to make a
blanket statement that there may well be a genetic transmission of
meaningful forms of memory is a dangerous generalization.
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