RE: virus: Will

Richard Brodie (
Fri, 12 Mar 1999 07:44:26 -0800

Brave Sir Robin wrote:

<<But why do you say "consciousness and matter are not"?
Show me consciousness. Show me matter. In both cases, I guarantee, I'll show you information. (Much as I honestly admire your memetic wisdom, I think you have something to learn about metaphysics.)>>

I see how a given piece of matter could be considered information, looking at its molecular construction and so on. I don't see how consciousness could be considered information -- it is a process, like management or government. While consciousness may be partly composed of information, that does not make the whole also information.

And not all information is a meme. Memes are pieces of information in a mind whose existence influences events such that more copies of themselves get created in other minds.

Richard Brodie Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme" Free newsletter! Visit Meme Central at