Susan’s Blackmore’s fascinating talk about memes and temes (techno memes). She explains how memes work and survive (self replicating information) and after watching it i thought that this principle is similar to the way consciousness expands… i wrote about it a while ago in Big Bang Theory of Consciousness
So it seems like memes are replicators of consciousness. I will go along with that. 😉
http://www.ted.com Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology — and invents ways to keep itself alive
This is an interesting clip borrowed from the “Peculiar Potions” episode of BBC’s series “Weird Nature” – A Jaguar in the Peruvian rain forest eats Yage, a vine containing hallucinogenic chemical DMT, used by natives in a ritualistic ceremony involving Ayahuasca. This clip also shows Reindeer eating fly agaric (amanita) mushrooms. Natives used these mushrooms for their hallucinogenic properties as well, possibly explaining the Santa Clause myth.
“I was a producer of materiality and I am ashamed of this fact. Everything I designed was unnecessary… In future there will be no more designers. The designers of the future will be the personal coach, the gym trainer, the diet consultant.”
Here’s a great presentation of Phillippe ( at TED last year) in which he talks about consious approach in designing things:
love his vision!
I believe that in the future there will be less useless things produced, also companies that design short-life products, i.e. 1 time use razors or pens or napkins, etc – they will subside and eventually dissapear simply because these are contrary to sustainability. Lasting value is the future ethics of production and design.
Also there will be less cheap products on the market too and I guess that China (the leader on this market) will face the dilemma of re-inventing it’s business philosophy.