# # Inherited Memories
APLawrence.com -  Resources for Unix and Linux Systems, Bloggers and the self-employed

Inherited Memories

I've removed advertising from most of this site and will eventually clean up the few pages where it remains.

While not terribly expensive to maintain, this does cost me something. If I don't get enough donations to cover that expense, I will be shutting the site down in early 2020.

If you found something useful today, please consider a small donation.



Some material is very old and may be incorrect today

© April 2015 Anthony Lawrence

2015/04/01

I had come across Cellular Memory at The Skeptic's Dictionary. Apparently some people think that organ transplants pass memories. Rather doubtful, but..

I'm sure you learned the same thing I did about memories: they are not inherited. Your eye color is controlled by genes, as is your height, how much hair is on your body, your susceptibility to certain diseases and many other things, but not memories. I questioned that the first time I heard it. It was probably Junior High or High School and my question was simple enough: aren't instincts memories?

Of course they are, but the teacher waved his or her hands and said that was "different". Of course it isn't, but arguing with uncurious teachers won't get you far. My thoughts havent changed: I'd really like to know when instinct becomes complex enough not to be called that, but I didn't get an answer then and probably can't get one now. It's like many other nebulous things: you know it when you see it and that's that.



We were also taught about the discredited Lamarckian inheritance. I questioned that too, though I couldn't point to a good reason. That had to wait for epigenetic inheritance, but every scientist worth his grant money would be quick to say that's not Lamarckian. I can't argue that, but it is similar.

Shrug. Then this week I read Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors. Say what? Is a phobia an instinct?

Yeah. I also won't be surprised if someday we realize that the difference between Lamarckian and epigenetic inheritance isn't as much as is now assumed and insisted upon. Slightly related to this is bacteria recycling genes from DNA scrap. I wonder if we ever do that? Of course we do have genes picked up from viruses; is that really different?

It seems that life is a lot more complicated than what I was taught so many years ago and is probably still more complicated than what is taught now.

Bacteria recycle genes from DNA scrapheap.

Genes picked up from viruses

A natural history of neurons: Diverse mutations reveal lineage of brain cells

If you found something useful today, please consider a small donation.



Got something to add? Send me email.





(OLDER)    <- More Stuff -> (NEWER)    (NEWEST)   

Printer Friendly Version

->
-> Inherited Memories

1 comment


Inexpensive and informative Apple related e-books:

Take Control of iCloud, Fifth Edition

Take Control of High Sierra

Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course

Digital Sharing Crash Course

Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal, Second Edition





More Articles by © Anthony Lawrence







Fri Apr 3 08:22:00 2015: 12650   TonyLawrence

gravatar


I just came across this: (link) which is about histones controlling gene expression and


It may also inform research into whether changes to the histone proteins that are caused by environmental conditions -- such as stress or diet -- can influence the function of genes passed on to offspring.


------------------------


Printer Friendly Version

Have you tried Searching this site?

This is a Unix/Linux resource website. It contains technical articles about Unix, Linux and general computing related subjects, opinion, news, help files, how-to's, tutorials and more.

Contact us


Printer Friendly Version





Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any. (Mark Twain)




Linux posts

Troubleshooting posts


This post tagged:

Opinion

Science



Unix/Linux Consultants

Skills Tests

Unix/Linux Book Reviews

My Unix/Linux Troubleshooting Book

This site runs on Linode