Re: CFP: ASSC4 "The Unity of Consciousness: Binding, Integration and Dissociation"

Menno Rubingh (
Mon, 8 Nov 1999 17:22:38 +0100 (MET)

Hello Patrick Wilken and Extropians,

I am a transhumanist and a memetics enthousiast who just joined this mailing list (I've learned about Extropy from the Dutch >H group `Transcedo' of which I'm a member) -- and I just want to respond to this mail from Patrick Wilken:

> From: (Patrick Wilken)

> Universite Libre de Bruxelles
> JUNE 29th - JULY 2nd, 2000: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

> -- Please suggest other sample topics, or modify the above!!

There's absolutely no mention of *memetics* in your list of topics, nor in your entire email. Aren't you missing something important ?

`Memes' are a big component of the set of things that make people work, therefore logically the science of memetics should give at least some insights into consciousness. Personally, I'm convinced that memetics can explain *a lot* about consciousness. See e.g. Daniel C. Dennett's book `Consciousness Explained'. (Yes, I'm a Dennett fan :-).)

Yours, Menno Rubingh (