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Replicators are medium-born. Medium proliferates them. But they will use any medium extending their circulation and reproduction. After finding a better medium  replicators quickly leave the old medium without any gratitude.

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A medium serves as the host for replicators.

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Replicators cannot survive without a host.

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A host/medium/container/transmitter  is quickly chosen by replicators whenever it is available and effective.

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A sort of memetic spell forces us to share posts on social media. This 21st century has already become a  digital meme pool. Internet users(directly or indirectly) serve as mere links in a chain of host media for the passage of memetic information. Too much automation might one day replace our species with artificially intelligent robots. Replication will continue as well, or even better.

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What is most radical about Dawkins’ theory is that it reduces existence to the level of mere media- as if things exist only to  facilitate the replication and passage of information.

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We needed Darwin to show us that life is the gift of mechanical evolution. We needed  Dawkins to tell us that neither individuals nor species but  replicators serve as the hot iron to bear the blind blows  of  evolutionary hammer.

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In Dawkins’s theory, very little difference exists between humans and machines, animals and ideologies, insects and internet memes— all are just containers of some replicators.

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In Dawkins’s theory, man is just one of many potential host media for transmission and reproduction of “content”.

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Our bodies are containers for genes. Our minds are containers for memes.

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“When you plant a fertile meme in my mind you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme’s propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell.”

-Richard Dawkins

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According to Richard Dawkins’  famous book “The Selfish Gene”(1976), neither species nor individual beings play  central role in evolution. Living things serve as  useful “packages” for genes’ survival in harsh enviromrnt.

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According to Richard Dawkins’  famous book “The Selfish Gene”(1976), life on this planet emerged as the byproduct of multiplying replicators’(DNA molecules) survival  in more and more

precariously effective ways.

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Our entire anthropic environment can be seen as a dynamic host or  transmission media for the survival of replicators (both genes and memes) in general. Our entire planet ,as a survival package to protect  replicators, resembles Gaia(James Lovelock’s Alive Earth).
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Horizontal gene transfer occurs when genetic information is passed “sideways” (within own generation) to a relatively unrelated organism instead of an offspring.
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Vertical gene transfer is the transmission of genetic information from parent to offspring.

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Horizontal gene transfer spreads antibiotic resistance and harmful genes.
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Horizontal gene transfer helps bacteria and archaea to adapt to new environments via genomic variability.

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Horizontal gene transfer imcludes the horizontal transfer of DNA between chloroplast, or mitochondrial, and nuclear genomes.
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Information in extant genomes helps in dating the evolutionary tree of life.
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Horizontal gene transfer occurs when genetic information is passed “sideways” (within own generation) to a relatively unrelated organism instead of an offspring.
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Vertical gene transfer is the transmission of genetic information from parent to offspring.

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Horizontal gene transfer spreads antibiotic resistance and harmful genes.
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Horizontal gene transfer helps bacteria and archaea to adapt to new environments via genomic variability.

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Horizontal gene transfer imcludes the horizontal transfer of DNA between chloroplast, or mitochondrial, and nuclear genomes.
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Information in extant genomes helps in dating the evolutionary tree of life.
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