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Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Culture

Edited By: Robert Aunger

242 pages, no illustrations

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jan 2001 | #116223 | ISBN: 0192632442
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About this book

Pits leading intellectuals, (both supporters and opponents of meme theory), against each other to battle it out, in this, the first debate over 'memes'. With a foreword by Daniel Dennett, and contributions from Dan Sperber, David Hull, Robert Boyd, Susan Blackmore, Henry Plotkin, and others, the result is a thrilling and challenging debate that will perhaps mark a turning point for the field, and for future research.

If you need a guide into the murky heat of memetics, look no further than the essays in Darwinizing Culture, which are a fine illustration of the murkiness at the heart of memetics, admirably framed by Bob Aunger's introduction and conclusion New Scientist


Contents

FOREWORD BY DANIEL DENNETT; INTRODUCTION; 'MEMES' EYE VISION (SUSAN BLACKMORE); TAKING MEMETICS SERIOUSLY (DAVID HULL); MEMES THROUGH (SOCIAL) MINDS (ROSARIA CONTE); CULTURE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MECHANISM (HENRY PLOTKIN); THE EVOLUTION OF THE MEME (KEVIN LALAND AND JOHN ODLING-SMEE); MEMES: UNIVERSITY ACID OR A BETTER MOUSE TRAP (ROBERT BOYD AND PETER RICHERSON); AN OBJECTION TO THE MEMETIC APPROACH TO CULTURE (DAN SPERBER); IF MEMES ARE THE ANSWER, WHAT IS THE QUESTION (ADAM KUPER); A WELL-DISPOSED SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGIST'S PROBLEM WITH MEMES (MAURICE BLOCH); CONCLUSION (ROBERT AUNGER)

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