Re: Aunger speaks, London 11th November

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Fri 08 Nov 2002 - 00:32:43 GMT

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    On Thursday, November 7, 2002, at 07:16 , Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > No one can prove the existence of a mind and I don't think anyone can
    > prove the existence of a meme. The mind is a process of the brain but
    > not every animal with a brain has a mind. It seems unique to human
    > beings. Within that mind are ideas that propagate through their
    > usefulness to the people who use them. When an idea ceases to be
    > useful, it ceases to exist.

    If the mind cannot be proved, ideas cannot be proved. Ideas are also processes of the brain.

    > But where can you put your finger on any of these things outside of the
    > brain to prove that they exist?

    Performance. Artifact. That's what's there. And here. And everywhere.

    - Wade

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