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The meme machine

Author: Susan J Blackmore
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Memes are the way that ideas, behaviours or skills are passed on from person to person by imitation, in the way that our bodies pass on genes. Examples include tunes, fashion and ways of building arches.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan J Blackmore
ISBN: 019286212X 9780192862129
OCLC Number: 52855410
Notes: Originally published: 1999.
Description: xx, 264 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. Strange creatures --
ch. 2. Univeral Darwinism --
ch. 3. Evolution of culture --
ch. 4. Taking the meme's eye view --
ch. 5. Three problems with memes --
ch. 6. Big brain --
ch. 7. Origins of language --
ch. 8. Meme-gene coevolution --
ch. 9. Limits of sociobiology --
ch. 10. 'An orgasm saved my life' --
ch. 11. Sex in the modern world --
ch. 12. Memetic theory of altruism --
ch. 13. Altruism trick --
ch. 14. Memes of the New Age --
ch. 15. Religions as memeplexes --
ch. 16. Into the Internet --
ch. 17. Ultimate memeplex --
ch. 18. Out of the meme race.
Responsibility: Susan Blackmore.
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Humans have the ability to imitate and copy behaviours, or memes, from one another. This is an investigation of whether genes and memes can lead to discoveries about the nature of the inner self and  Read more...

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Anyone who hopes or fears that memetics will become a science of culture will find this surefooted exploration of the prospects a major eye-opener. Daniel Dennett Any theory deserves to be given its Read more...

 
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