At 3/31/09 11:47 PM, Fremen wrote:
Is everything we do some way of making our reproductive chances greater?
I'm assuming you're talking about memes (not the internet term). Even if you aren't, these two ideas are closely linked.
The idea of a meme is that it is spread from person to person. It can be anything, like a song. You hear a song, you talk with friends about a song, they hear the song and repeat. This is what makes up human characteristics, according to Ultra-Darwinists, and other than that, all we really do is mate and reproduce.
Everything around you that helps define you is a meme, Religion (or lack of), the clothes you wear, love, hate, even Newgrounds (and the characteristics that come with Newgrounds). This apparently claims that, since everything is spread from person to person, it can be true and false, therefore explaining the 'scourge' that is religion.
Unfortunately, this would only explain religion if it was proven to be false. Not just that but it means that two separate ideas cannot work together. For example, imagine you believe in Christianity, but also religion. The two memes contradict each other and therefore cannot work. This is the major flaw in memes that simply cannot be fixed
Not just that, but the idea of memes itself is a meme and therefore, can either be true or false. This means that any slight crack in the theory means it has created its own downfall.
So, a slight alteration of your question (but the same principal) 'Do we have free will, or do we just reproduce?'. This would mean that everything we do or believe in is a meme (as it's the major argument that feels we do just reproduce) and , for the reasons I mentioned above, memes are wrong. So we do have free will and we don't just reproduce.
Sorry if that was hard to read through, but I was tired. Hopefully you can understand it.