mnemic hypothesis

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mne·mic hy·poth·e·sis

the theory that stimuli or irritants leave definite traces (engrams) on the protoplasm of the animal, and when these stimuli are regularly repeated they induce a habit that persists after the stimuli cease.
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mnemic theory

A scientifically naïve, long-abandoned proposal that certain types of memory are inscribed in the protoplasm of plant and animal cells in the form of a nebulously defined unit or engram, which could then be transmitted to the parent organism's progeny.
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Richard W., German biologist, 1859-1908.
Semon-Hering theory - the theory that stimuli leave definite traces on the protoplasm of the animal or plant that persist after the stimuli cease. Synonym(s): mnemic hypothesis
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In Bogoch, for example, we read that "the glycoproteins of the nervous system represent the mnemic substances in which experiential information is encoded."(20) We can trace the lode of psychiatry even further back, to Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939), who in 1911 coined the term schizophrenia and in 1924 published a Natural History of the Soul: the initiator of "mnemism," Bleuler held the mneme to be an essential principle of life and of the psyche.(21) Could it be that the idea of making the mneme a paramount theme in the "new anthropology" made its way to the promoters of this new approach -- the philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer and the physician Paul Vogler(22) -- via the detour of psychiatry?