December 30th, 2004

likeness

Relationship retrospective

When bacteria want to have sex, they don't bother with things like gametes or reproductive organs or intercourse or any of the baroque eucaryote business of bringing into being offspring with some random assortment of their parents' genes. No, instead they just exchange information directly. I think my relationship with lethargic_man could well be described as the memetic equivalent. A lot of the way we related to eachother was rooted in deliberately exchanging memes and culture and incorporating this into each of our ways of thinking; it was on a different level from the sort of general memetic exchange that happens just as a side-effect of spending a lot of time with someone.

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It may not be everyone's definition of romance, but it works for me.

Edited 1.1.05 to incorporate comments
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