n.— «One proponent is Martine Rothblatt, who is a genuine visionary.…Her talk entitled “Of Genes, Bemes and Conscious Things” outlined a future in which human consciousnesses are uploaded into computers. Her neologism “beme” is modeled after Richard Dawkin’s meme. Memes are units of cultural transmission and Rothblatt’s bemes are “fundamental, transmissible, mutable units of beingness.” Heideggerian bytes if you will. Bemes consist of smiles, the taste of lasagna, the memory of a first bike ride and so forth.» —“The Right to Human Enhancement” by Ronald Bailey Reason June 2, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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