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The Selfish Meme: A Critical Reassessment

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Culture is a unique and fascinating aspect of the human species. How did it emerge and how does it develop? Richard Dawkins has suggested that culture evolves and that memes are the cultural replicators, subject to variation and selection in the same way as genes function in the biological world. In this sense human culture is the product of a mindless evolutionary algorit ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published December 20th 2004)
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Steve
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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Memes are fascinating. I am not sure we are yet at the point of having a coherent theory about the idea, and I find the philosophical speculation in this book in particular to be quite hard work. Distin proposes an alternative to Dennett & Blackmores idea that 'we' (as in our conciousness) is a collection of meme complexes in favour of memes being separate to our innate ability to process memes and capacity of thought independent of the meme-complex - with the meme and the brain being differ ...more
Robin Hartanto
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The idea of the book is interesting, about the evolution of culture. The writer brought a lot of biological terms: gene, DNA, replication, natural selection, allele, etc and made an analogical comparison with the production of culture.

A philosophical and psychological subject. Easy to read.
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