RE: virus: Consciousness Explained

Robin Faichney (
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 10:19:58 +0100

> From: Eva-Lise Carlstrom[]
> On Tue, 14 Oct 1997, Robin Faichney wrote:
> > > longer an active listmember. Conciousness Explained, for
> starters...
> > >
> > My copy of it has been out on loan since before I got
> > seriously interested in memetics!
> > Would "consciousness is just a meme"
> > cover it, by any chance?
> Well, no, not really. There are some approximations among the reviews
> available at
I'm afraid 10 seems over the top for *any* book, to me
(apart perhaps for Ulysses and Infinite Jest).

But what I was really looking for was what part memes
specifically play in the Explanation. On the other hand,
I suspect that's unanswerable, because in fact it's not
a single coherent explanation of consciousness, being
more like an account of Dennett's views on the mind,
which are interesting and hang together well, but do
*not* cover all the ground there is to be covered. Not
that I can really back this up on the basis of a couple
of chapters and a few reviews!