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Gene For Memory

  1. Aug 31, 2004 #1
    Can dream experience's from our Parents/Ancestors lives, be passed on via Genetic hereditary?

    For instance, can some of my most bizzare dreams, actually be a replay of one of my ancestors life-experience..event?

    The Timeline of experience (events), played out in my dreams seem to have no baring on my own real-life experience, so I am wondering if it is possible that genetic code somehow retains information of my ancestors/parents, and somehow throws it into my sub-conscious, which leaks out as Dream?
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  3. Aug 31, 2004 #2
    The germ-line is set at birth, so no aquired traits and/or dreams will be passed.

  4. Sep 1, 2004 #3
    The 'PRIMITIVE TRACES' of what you are thinking now already exist. I have thoght long and hard on this for many years, but I am quite sure that no scientist in his/her clear mind would give this even a glance, let alone accept it. I am taking this your thinking a step further ......... Parents will in the very nearest future write 'Gene-letters' to their future grand children, and so will eternal lovers.
  5. Sep 1, 2004 #4
    The BIG Problem: Scientists only annex less than what the genes are capable of doing. Genes are an information coding system and this is not limited to biology. Genes also code information at multiple scientific levels, especially, substantially, at the level of physics. I predict that until we come to the appreciation of this fact, scientists would for a very long time to come underate and underutilise 'genetic abilities'.
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  6. Sep 2, 2004 #5


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    Philocrat, you are joking right? DNA is relatively static and can only mutate or shuffle: information such as dreams can not become coded.
  7. Sep 2, 2004 #6
    Storing text messages in DNA - possibilities for storing HTML et al

    Philocrat is not speaking of dreams. He is speaking of using genetic engineering to encode written language into "unused" portions of DNA. If we used four DNA bases per character, we would have 256 possibilities for each character (4[itex]^4[/itex]). This many possibilities would allow the 26 letters of the alphabet, plus many puncuation characters and special characters, just like ASCII and ISO-8859, etc. On the other hand, we might just skip the plain text and instead encode HTML or JAVA or special programs. We might even add another chromosome to the human genome, just for storing computer programs. Thanks for the idea, Philocrat. I might put this in one of my novels.
  8. Sep 2, 2004 #7
    I am not joking......shuffling is a much smarter way to code. Yes, you may be right about DNA, but it's decisively so. By the way, I say 'Amen!' to your prayer.
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  9. Sep 2, 2004 #8
    Are you suggesting the possibility of 'GENETIC COMPUTING'? I thought that this was already possible? Am I wrong?
  10. Sep 2, 2004 #9
    Genetic computing

    No. I was only suggesting storing socially-significant-but-gentetically-insignificant data in genetic material. What is genetic computing besides an extra-genetic data-mining method specific to genomic data?
  11. Sep 3, 2004 #10
    Thanks for clearing that up, pal!
  12. Sep 4, 2004 #11


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    This pre-supposes that we know what 'genetically-insignificant' in genetic material is! IIRC, what was once called 'junk DNA' is now seen - at least in part - as performing rather important functions (having rather important roles?); the genome may turn out to be even richer and more complex than our current understanding. (or not).
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