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Offline DCPatriot

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DNA Transmission of Memories
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:00:38 AM »
« Last Edit: January 14, 2014, 09:01:21 AM by DCPatriot »
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Re: DNA Transmission of Memories
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 09:55:23 AM »
That's an interesting subject for me DC.  My father always told us that he believed in "inherited" memory.  I remember as a small child, he would get me and my sister to sit in a darkened room and get very quiet.  He would instruct us to clear our minds and not think of anything if we could.  Then he would ask us to envision a place - a place we had never been before - then he would ask us to describe that place.

The place I would see would be a large meadow with tiny yellow flowers, a building in the distance, but too far away to describe.  He was convinced the place we were seeing was an inherited memory.  Not too sure how accuracte it was, but it was a fun exercise.  Anyway, I have no doubt that we inherit much in the way of memories and instinct. 
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Re: DNA Transmission of Memories
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 10:09:57 AM »
There was a theory - now discredited or sidelined - that the brain produced memory RNA. Not sure why it was discredited, not had time to look it up. But - consider this.

Take a Monarch butterfly. Pretty, graceful, harmless. And it flies up to 5000 miles to the same bunch of trees to overwinter. They only live for a year, and are not terribly good parents. So - how do the newly hatched know where to go?
Or flatworms. Probably one of the simplest (though repulsive) organisms we know. Take a flatworm, teach it to run a maze, then chop it up. The pieces regenerate into full flatworms - all of whom know how to run the maze.

It's a common thing on farms to hatch duck eggs under broody chickens. Chickens are pretty devoted mothers, ducks less so. Yet every duckling knows how to swim, regardless of the hysteria of their mother.

Or watch a tiny kitten asleep. They dream. What about, their eyes aren't even open yet!

There is definitely a transmittable part to memory.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2014, 10:14:10 AM by EC »
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