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Selfish Meme A Critical Reassessment

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ISBN-10: 0521606276

ISBN-13: 9780521606271

Edition: 2004

Authors: Kate Distin

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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 algorithm. Does this imply that we are mere meme machines and that the conscious self is an illusion? Kate Distin extends and strengthens Dawkins's theory and presents a fully developed and workable concept of cultural DNA. She argues that culture's development can be seen both as the result of memetic evolution and as the…    
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682

Introduction
The meme hypothesis
Cultural DNA
The replication of complex culture
Variation
Selection
The story so far
The human mind: meme-complex with a virus?
The meme's eye view
Early cultural evolution
Memetic DNA
Memes and the mind
Science, religion and society: what can memes tell us?
Conclusions