Berry and Blackmore

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Jenny Chen Professor Mookerjee Basic Composition 100R Section QF October 01, 2015 Paper 2- Final Draft Imagination vs Reality When it comes to imagination versus reality, the processes in the brain are different. But just how different are they? Our mind can run away with us, leading us to act through suspicion or fear, but we can also use our imagination as a tool to change our life. Humans have tended to draw a line between reality—that which we “actually” experience—and imagination, seen as a frivolous, dreamlike deflection. For ages, spiritual contemplatives and artists have taken flights of imagination much more seriously and challenged the firmness of that line. It is just like how imagination plays a very real role in our…show more content…
Connecting that to Blackmore’s idea, we can see that this fundamentalist way of thinking can act as a way of speaking. By means of that, fundamentalists believe that their claims and ideas are in fact pure knowledge. “This is the concern of fundamentalists of all kinds: religious, atheistical, scientific, technological, economic, and political. They all seek power—they seek victory” (Berry 22). In this, Berry is describing how all fundamentalists are able to seek power and control and reach out to more people with their beliefs. This could be the reason why fundamentalist speak with a strict-close minded way. “People of religion, and not just fundamentalists, can speak with tiresome confidence of knowing what in fact they don’t know but believe” (Berry 22). Nonetheless, under direct relation to how memes are described as “a unit of imitation” (Blackmore 35), it is evident that fundamentalism gain their powerful hold on the human race through capitalism. Capitalism has used memes to make itself into something that mirrors a religion. Our place of worship has been transfigured from a church, temple, or synagogue to the workplace. In Blackmore’s text, she talks about how Dawkins wrote that memes can be a part of creating religion: “He wrote about religions as groups of memes with a high survival value, infecting whole societies with belief in a God or an afterlife” (36). The memes want

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