The Human Genre Project


The Meme Gene

In beginning,
weapons over-lorded dominion;
survival
cast kin species apart.

In reasoning,
brain size drove paths of intellect;
consciousness
accounted by Descartes.

In converging,
thoughts combined for tribal identity;
religions
formed more than their just parts.

In concurring,
settlements merged into conurbation;
society
pursues horse like a cart.

In outgrowing,
cultures rose up from the heathen;
memetics
compose sacred fine art.

In evolving,
ASPM swelled Hamlet to city;
alleles
scattered across world charts.

In copying,
mind bombs flatten natal expectancy;
microcephaly
crumples parental hearts.

Defects in ASPM (Abnormal Spindle-like, Microcephaly-associated) lead to a
neurodevelopmental disorder in which the circumference of the head is more than two
standard deviations smaller than expected. Life expectancy for individuals is reduced and
the prognosis for normal brain function is poor. A new allele of ASPM appeared sometime
between 14,100 and 500 years ago with a mean estimate of 5,800 years ago which roughly
correlates with the development of written language, spread of agriculture and
development of cities.

Julian Derry