From: derek gatherer (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 02 Jan 2003 - 10:45:06 GMT
The Guest Keynote Presentation at InfoTechPharma 2003
Information Systems and Technologies for Life Sciences
conference will be Sue Blackmore. Sue is speaking at
17.15 on Wednesday 12th February in the Exhibition
Hall Presentation Stage, Victoria Park Plaza Hotel,
239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London (Victoria Tube
Station and then just walk towards the river). The
lecture will be followed by drinks and canapés.
Entrance is free but tickets need to be obtained in
advance via http://www.infotechpharma.com. Entry to
the conference as a whole is not free, but the free
parts include Sue’s lecture, visits to stands in the
exhibition hall (see if you can spot me!!), a DTI-GRID
demo, a NASA module demo, a collaborative computing
panel briefing, a systems biology panel briefing, and
brunch roundtable discussions (I’m not sure if the
actual brunch is free, but the discussion is). These
events will take place over 10th to 13th February.
The abstract I have in the advance publicity is:
“Guest Keynote Presentation: Dr Susan Blackmore. The
Evolution of Meme Machines.
We humans are all meme machines. So are the
photocopiers and telephones, computers and web servers
that we have built to help us. But why are they
changing so fast and were they really designed for our
benefit? According to the theory of memetics, they
were designed by memetic evolution for the sake of
memes themselves. Like genes, memes are replicators.
That is, they are information that is copied with
variation and selection, which makes and evolutionary
process possible. As with other evolutionary
processes, memetic or cultural evolution happens for
the benefit of the replicators themselves, in ths case
the memes. The internet, the web and all its
consequences are just what we should expect of the
rapidly accelerating evolution of meme machines.
Dr Susan Blackmore has done many interviews for
television, and presented programmes, including a
“Horizon” on alien abductions and “The Cleverest Ape in the World” for Channel 4. She is now more interested in science especially evolution, evolutionary psychology, memetics, meditation and altered states of consciousness.”
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