KMO welcomes Susan Blackmore, author of The Meme Machine to the program to discuss minds and the memes that make them, Buddhist meditation, the value of psychedelics, and the fabricated reality of the self. Music by Z deScathach.
Musical interlude by Z deScathach: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=817450
Here’s the Straight Dope on legislating the value of pi: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/805/did-a-state-legislature-once-pass-a-law-saying-pi-equals-3
In my discussion with Sue,I mentioned Leonard Shlain’s book The Alphabet Versus the Goddess. You can learn more about the idea that the transition from a pre-literate to a print-based culture involves a period of ideological mania and accompanying mayhem on the website devoted to the book: http://www.alphabetvsgoddess.com/