Re: virus: mind/consciousness

Eric Boyd (
Fri, 18 Jun 1999 17:33:09 -0400


Richard Brodie <> writes: <<
I would say the hardcore of memetic theory is that people harbor ideas, attitudes, and beliefs as the result of a competition between replicating entities. In general I agree with you and Dennett that the COMMON understanding of consciousness is false, but I'm not sure how much that has to do with memes -- more perhaps to do with evolutionary psychology and kluge upon kluge evolving in the brain to handle specific scenarios of survival and reproduction.

True enough. I tell you what -- I'm going to postpone this disucssion until after I've finsihed _The Meme Machine_ and _Consciousness Explained_. No doubt the concepts will be clearer in my own head, not to mention in discussion...

Till then -- guard your precious memes.