Re: chromosomal memory

John Wilkins (
Thu, 12 Sep 1996 14:45:33 +1000

In article <>, wrote:

| Hello,
| A while back, I have heard some news about chromosomal memory, and it
seems possible to me, although I
| am not a perfesional, that it would be possible for a person's memory
to be included in the genes of the
| sperm or ovum. If anyone has heard of any kind of research on this subject,
| please reply. This would also explain the 'reincarnation' phoenominon
This view has been around for a long time, and recurs in, amonother
places, the writings of Samuel Butler and Arthur Koestler. It's popular
with those who want to see experience drive change, be it social or

There is some interesting discussion of these views in _The Eclipse of
Darwinism_ by Peter Bowler, 1982.

It ain't science, though.

John Wilkins, Head of Communication Services, Walter and Eliza
Hall Institute of Medical Research
It is the glory of science that it finds the patterns
in spite of the noise - Daniel Dennett