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Meme pools, World 3, and Averroes's vision of immortality

Gatherer, Derek (1998) Meme pools, World 3, and Averroes's vision of immortality. Zygon, 33 (2). pp. 203-219. ISSN 0591-2385

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Abstract

Dawkins's concept of the meme pool, essentially equivalent to Popper's World 3, is considered as an expression in modern terms for what Averroes knew as the active intellect, an immortal entity feeding into, or even creating, the passive intellect of consciousness. A means is thus provided for reconciling a materialist Darwinian view of the universe with a conception of nonpersonal immortality. The meme pool/active intellect correspondence provides a strong basis for regarding science as a communal enterprise producing enrichment of the meme pool and expansion of consciousness. It also emphasizes the virtues of memetic conservation in relation to vanishing cultures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Zygon
Uncontrolled Keywords: Averroes ; consciousness ; Richard Dawkins ; immortality ; meme pool ; Karl Popper
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Biomedical & Life Sciences
ID Code: 66866
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2013 13:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2018 04:21
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/66866

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