The Human Genre Project

The Meme Gene

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

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

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

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

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

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

In copying,
mind bombs flatten natal expectancy;
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