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Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 14:03:52 +0200
From: David Stodolsky <>
Subject: Re: CryoNet #19323 - #19328

At 9:00 AM +0000 2002-06-22, CryoNet wrote:
>There is an article on consciousness by Dr Susan Blackmore, the author of
>"The Meme Machine" in this week's New Scientist.

Susan Blackmore is primarily a writer of popular books. Some have been
quite good, such as her book on near death experiences. However, the "The
Meme Machine" book is totally outside of what is taken seriously in
psychology. As far as I know, there has been no work published in the
psychology journals on "memes" at all. There has been an article on a
conference which was an attempt at accommodation between the "meme"
community and professional social scientists. This attempt failed totally.

>"To say that consciousness is an illusion is not to say that it doesn't
>exist, but that it is not what it seems to be". is a quote from and a

The journals are loaded with errors when publishing leading edge research.
Any less reliable source is probably a waste of time. New Scientist is not
a professional journal, but a popular science magazine.

David S. Stodolsky, PhD    PGP: 0x35490763    

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