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Mnemo Press (pronounced "NEE-mo," like the captain... or the fish) is an independent publisher based in San Francisco, dedicated to exploring the art and science of mind. It was established in 2010 by Andrew Logan Haskins.

Mnemo Press is a nonprofit organization, run by and for artists, writers and researchers interested in the study of consciousness. It provides a community in which creative people may share ideas about their work and resources for getting their work published, and where the interested reader can come to find work of a certain theme and of a high quality. Our authors receive 100% royalties, so readers are supporting the people who actually created the content.

You can gain a more thorough understanding of what we're trying to do here at Mnemo Press from our prospective authors' FAQs.

Mnemo Press is the publisher of Mnemosyne magazine ("NEM-o-SEE-nay"), a free online magazine which presents art, fiction and nonfiction on topics including (but not limited to):

  • the nature of identity: "who am I?"
  • theory of mind: "how can I know that others think as I do?"
  • the Other mind: not everything does think as we do
  • sleep and dreams and their relationship to waking consciousness
  • memory: where does it come from? where does it go?
  • memory beyond mind: genes, language, culture, history
  • emergent minds: complexity, chaos and agent-based systems
  • artificial intelligence

Mnemosyne magazine is always accepting submissions of material for upcoming issues. Please see our submission guidelines.

In addition to Mnemosyne, Mnemo Press will present fiction and nonfiction novels with summaries, excerpts, author bios and links to retail sources. If you have a project you would like to develop with Mnemo, please see our prospective authors FAQs page to find out more.

We also expect to host a variety of collaborative research projects examining open questions in sleep, memory and mind.

Mnemo Press takes its name from two inspirations:

The first is Jules Verne's Captain Nemo (top right). Unlike Mary Shelley's Doctor Frankenstein, who was so obsessed with his science that he lost sight of his his obligation to the rest of humanity, Nemo was driven by his morality. It was his outrage at humanity's warfare which spurred him to turn our technology on its maker. If Frankenstein could be called the prototypical "mad scientist," Nemo might be better described as an angry scientist. Nemo's methods were mad, but his motivations were sane. He rejected society and withdrew from it, yet Nemo nonetheless remained morally connected with the rest of us.

Our second namesake is the Greek Titan Mnemosyne (bottom right). Mnemosyne was the personification of memory in the Greek Pantheon. She was the mother of the Muses, and so was the source of all inspiration.

The Mnemo Press logo incorporates a stylized representation of the hippocampal formation, a structure in the temporal lobes of the brain which is critical for the encoding of new declarative memories and which is highly active during dreaming.
(cross-section highlighted in white, above; outlined in red in side view).

Nemo and the squid (1870), Alphonse de NeuvilleC'était un calmar de dimensions colossales (1870), Alphonse de Neuville
Mnemosyne (1875-81), Dante Gabriel RossettiMnemosyne (1875-81), Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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