Instead of asking "Who Am I," let's ask "Where Am I?" We all live in a certain field––a climate, environment, domain or world that we think is Reality. Yet in fact where most of us live most of the time is in a field of memes (and yes, if you build it, they WILL come!). (If you don't quite know what memes are, jump to the next paragraph, then come back.) And one of the most prevalent meme-fields that has come to seem like Reality Itself (in other words, everything is judged by this as though it's the "norm"), is the scientific, reductionist, humanist, atheist meme-field. We don't even realize we are living in it, because it pretends to be neutral, but of course it is a religious cult just like any other. I was raised by true believers of this meme-field: British physicist, atheist, left-wing parents (God bless 'em!), and if I hadn't been shocked awake by an unsought, no-drugs spiritual awakening when I was 18, I would still be propagating this meme, probably for a living, as all my family members did.
What is a meme-field? I'm assuming by now that the word "meme" has hit the "meme-waves" enough that most people who read things on the Internet (you) have a sense of its meaning. I won't go into it in a big way (although I used to teach a long segment on memetics in trainings 20 years ago, when the idea of memes was still a new meme). A meme is a reproducible unit of information that gets spread through a culture like a virus. Beliefs are memes, as are snippets of song, or visual styles. YouTube videos of sleeping kittens are memes