Daniel C. Dennett and The Awesome Power of Memes

Metaphysics Philosophy Science

Daniel C. Dennett is a philosopher who co-edited The Mind’s I with Douglas Hofstadter. In this video from a TED conference, he expands on Richard Dawkins‘ concept of memes – ideas that survive by their ability to replicate in a manner analogous to genes.

His secret to happiness: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.


3 thoughts on “Daniel C. Dennett and The Awesome Power of Memes

  1. Fascinating, thanks for posting this. I am reading Dennett’s ‘Breaking the Spell’ at the moment and have his ‘Freedom Evolves’ lined up next, so this was well timed from my point of view 🙂

  2. Fascinating, thanks for posting this. I am reading Dennett’s ‘Breaking the Spell’ at the moment and have his ‘Freedom Evolves’ lined up next, so this was well timed from my point of view 🙂

  3. This work tries to establish relationship between scientific theories and theological beliefs. Author explores if thoughts, their behavior, existence and interaction with mind can be explained with in scientific domain.
    Further to this, book also provides insight that why artificial intelligence fails to mimic man’s ability to think, what limits rational intelligence to attain the status of pinnacle, how thought space can be perceived by humans etc.
    At the end author suggests that it is a new beginning for mankind. And he reaches at a point where he says:
    “A man is an oscillation of an image of thought in Real Time Space.”

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