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Very valuable ideas in parts too much speculation in others,
This review is from: The Meme Machine (Popular Science) (Paperback)
I feel quite ambivalent about the book. In parts I was introduced or reminded of some great concepts and ideas. In other it felt like there was too much speculation. I would be interested to know whether any of the ideas have been tested experimentally.
It may be that to explain the ideas a very complex subject had to be vastly simplified. I kept finding myself thinking of other possible explanations for things to the ones provided.
However it is worth a read and does make you think at its best it can help allow a kind of detachment from your thoughts and also help with them flowing through the mind.
This is probably where alot of the ideas in the book are stemming from Susan Blackmore's experience of Zen meditation mixed in with her vast academic knowledge.
It could have done with someone critically review the text and looking for weakness in arguments.