Can memories ever be passed on genetically?

  1. Billy Pappas profile image59
    Billy Pappasposted 6 years ago

    Can memories ever be passed on genetically?

    Is it possible for humans to someday evolve biologically or possibly advance enough scientifically, until we're at the point where we can discover a way to pass on our memories like, human languages, mathematical abilities, mental maps, conditioned &unconditioned responses, on to future generations so that future babies could be born with complete use of English or other learnt abilities which are not usually innate? I'd be very dissatisfied to find out not. I really like thinking about the concept of genetically altered talking babies.

  2. Rock_nj profile image92
    Rock_njposted 6 years ago

    Perhaps memories already are passed from generation to generation in humans.  Animials have a strange knowledge of how to do things to survive without being taught by their elders that appears to be hardwired in some way.  What we call instinct is some form of hardwired memory.

  3. TFScientist profile image87
    TFScientistposted 6 years ago

    Memories are a series of neural connections made in the brain. They are an environmental variation between members of the species and show no traces of epigenetics. As such, this cannot be passed on from on generation to the next

    As for instinct, there is a selective pressure for certain behaviours to be inherited - so neural connections that create these behaviour that would be created during the development of the brain, would be selected for.

    Still an interesting question...