Susan Blackmore: Memes and “temes”

“Susan Blackmore is dedicated to understanding the scientific nature of consciousness. Her latest work centers on the existence of memes — little bits of knowledge, lore, habit that seem to spread themselves using human brains as mere carriers. She’s exploring the existence of a new class of meme, spread by human technology. It’s temporarily named the “teme.” She has written about memes, consciousness, and near-death experiences; has appeared on the British Big Brother to discuss the psychology of the participants; and writes for the Guardian UK.

[…] She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology — and invents ways to keep itself alive.”

(via TED)

1 Comment

  1. “Susan Blackmore invented a new phrase to further muddy the waters of the already murky Memetics discussion, and keep her name in the press for another feeding cycle.”

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