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Patrick O Rly
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Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?

Children are born with innate instincts, like the instinct to move their head around and perform a suction motion with their mouths. Is it out of the realm of possibility for memories to transfer?

I remember taking an anatomy and physiology course, and the professor was going over memory pathways, and I raised my hand and asked "What is the substance of memories? Is there a chemical composition?" All she could do was shrug.

Is it possible that memories can transfer, and are partially responsible for things like de ja vu and strong feelings of empathy for events that never happened to you?


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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
No.

Instincts are one thing, but memories are something else.

Saying memories can be passed down is like saying that your dad losing a leg in an accident means you will be born without a leg. Genetics doesn't work that way. Memories are not in our genetics. The ability to make memories is.
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Boats n Hose
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
No.

Your genetics are what they are from the time you're conceived. Changes in your body from external events afterward (like memories to your brain) will have no effect on the DNA in your reproductive cells.


GregMaddux
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
How do memories work? How does my brain remember a smell?


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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
No.


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Patrick O Rly
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
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Saying memories can be passed down is like saying that your dad losing a leg in an accident means you will be born without a leg.


Not really. What I'm proposing is maybe you could possibly have fragments or whole memories of that pain.


yurintroubl
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
Have you seen the movie Strange Days? Interesting story of what having others' memories would do to the world.


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Patrick O Rly
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
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Your genetics are what they are from the time you're conceived. Changes in your body from external events afterward (like memories to your brain) will have no effect on the DNA in your reproductive cells.



I understand that, but we don't know the composition of memories, so could some of them act as stowaways?


Pectus
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
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How do memories work? How does my brain remember a smell?



Your brain.

Like I said, all the parts to store and recall memories are there, which is genetic, but you have to populate it with your experiences.

This is the difference between learned and innate behavior.


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Boats n Hose
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
No dude, it's exactly the same. It would require changes made to the DNA in the stem cells that produce sperm, or in a chick to the DNA in the already existing eggs.


Boats n Hose
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
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I understand that, but we don't know the composition of memories, so could some of them act as stowaways?


I don't see how memories would change genetics.


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Patrick O Rly



Been playing a little too much Assassins Creed have we?


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Patrick O Rly
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No dude, it's exactly the same. It would require changes made to the DNA in the stem cells that produce sperm, or in a chick to the DNA in the already existing eggs.


Look, I'm not saying it can definitely can or not. But think about it: viruses can integrate themselves into the host DNA. What if memories were more elusive than viruses? Or since they're created within the body, they carry it's markers.

To be honest, I miss my science classes. I'm a science major who's stuff in history/math hell this semester.


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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
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not qute the same,, and its Wiki,,but food for thought


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Patrick O Rly
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
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I don't see how memories would change genetics.



I'm not even saying they do, but I'm proposing the idea that they can travel.


boxcarbarney
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
Only if you're a bene gesserit, or the kwizatz haderach


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SaltyMcKracker
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
In simple terms, memory formation involves the formation of certain proteins and neural connections. Genetics have an effect on the ability/efficiency to make these proteins and connections, but not the memories themselves.


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shawnlsu
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
I say yes because there is a certain segment of our current population that claim to know exactly how it was being slaves.


WITNESS23
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re: Do you think it's possible for memories to be passed down via genes?
I feel like Memories=Developed through personal experience
Instincts=bread into us


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