Re: Meme Theory of Book: The Lost World (Jurassic Park 2)

Anders Sandberg (
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 12:46:26 +0200 (MET DST)

On Mon, 16 Sep 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> In the book "The Lost World" they meantioned that we could never recover the
> dinosaurs completely due to the fact of learned behaviors (memes) not being
> passed to the genetically created dinosaurs. Is there any evidence at all
> that the dinosaurs could've been intelligent enough to host memes?

Birds do (they learn songs from their parents and environment, although
the exact sounds are genetic; they can also be trained in various ways),
and they have (probably) descended from dinosaurs. I'm not sure about
how much reptiles can learn, they appear to be somewhat inflexible. So
I'm still undecided, but my guess is that they had learned behaviors.

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