Susan Blackmore

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Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: (1) It's completely impossible. (2) It's possible, but it's not worth doing. (3) I said it was a good idea all along.
Arthur C. Clarke
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Dr. Susan Jane Blackmore, PhD, MSc, BA (29 July 1951, London) is a British psychologist, researcher, freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, perhaps best known for her book The Meme Machine. She is well know for her studies and books on memetics, consciousness and parapsychology.


  • Consciousness is an illusion constructed by the memes.
  • Memetics appears to have a lot of implications that we humans are machines, which people have never liked. Of course we're machines, we're biological machines. But people don't like that. Free will and consciousness is an illusion, and the self is a complex of memes. People don't like that. My view is that if these things are true it doesn't matter if we like them or not.
    • "Humans Are Just Machines for Propagating Memes",, 2/29/2008

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