The Meme Machine (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Mar 16, 2000 - Science - 288 pages
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Humans are extraordinary creatures, with the unique ability among animals to imitate and so copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviours, inventions, songs, and stories. These are all memes, a term first coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene. Memes, like genes, are replicators, and this enthralling book is an investigation of whether this link between genes and memes can lead to important discoveries about the nature of the inner self. Confronting the deepest questions about our inner selves, with all our emotions, memories, beliefs, and decisions, Susan Blackmore makes a compelling case for the theory that the inner self is merely an illusion created by the memes for the sake of replication.
  

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Excellent overview of the modern science of "memetics"! - Goodreads
An excellent introduction to a controversial subject. - Goodreads
This book offers some amazing insight to our behaviour. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Todd Allen - Goodreads

Richard Dawkins, in his book the Selfish Gene, provided a springboard—the idea of a meme—from which Susan Blackmore in her book expands upon and uses to better explain social phenomena that are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dave Peticolas - Goodreads

Blackmore presents her theory of the meme, the cultural and mental equivalent of the gene. Her approach is quite similar to Dawkin's The Selfish Gene and emphasizes the "meme's eye view" to develop ... Read full review

Contents

1 Strange creatures
1
2 Universal Darwinism
10
3 The evolution of culture
24
4 Taking the memes eye view
37
5 Three problems with memes
53
6 The big brain
67
7 The origins of language
82
8 Memegene coevolution
93
12 A memetic theory of altruism
147
13 The altruism trick
162
14 Memes of the New Age
175
15 Religions as memeplexes
187
16 Into the Internet
204
17 The ultimate memeplex
219
18 Out of the meme race
235
References
247

9 The limits of sociobiology
108
10 An orgasm saved my life
121
11 Sex in the modern world
132

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