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 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 product of human creativity. Memetic evolution is therefore compatible with the view of humans as conscious and intelligent.

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Kate Distin's highly readable and accessible book presents for the first time a fully developed and workable concept of cultural DNA. She argues that culture develops both through mimetic evolution and human creativity, and that memetic evolution is perfectly compatible with the view of humans as conscious and intelligent.This book should find a wide readership amongts philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and will also interest many non-academic readers.

About the Author:

Kate Distin was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Sheffield. She is the author of The Selfish Meme: A Critical Reassessment (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and the editor of the award-winning Gifted Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals (2006).

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Descripción Cambridge University Press, 2005. Softcover. Estado de conservación: New. First edition. Culture is a unique and fascinating aspect of the human species. How did it emerge and how did it develop? Richard Dawkins has suggested that culture evolves through meme - that is, cultural replicators subject to variation and selection in just the same ways that genes are in the biological world. In this sense human culture is the product of a mindless evolutionary algorithm. Does this imply, as some have argued, that we are meme machines and that the conscious self is an illusion? Kate Distin?s highly readable and accessible book presents for the first time a fully developed and workable concept of cultural DNA. She argues that culture develops both through memetic evolution and human creativity, and that mimetic evolution is perfectly compatible with the view of humans as conscious and intelligent. This book should find a wide readership amongst philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and will also interest many non-academic readers. Contents "1. Introduction 2. The meme hypothesis 3. Cultural DNA 4. The replication of complex culture 5. Variation 6. Selection 7. The story so far 8. The human mind: meme-complex with a virus? 9. The meme?s eye view 10. Early cultural evolution 11. Memetic DNA 12. Memes and the mind 13. Science, religion and society: what can memes tell us? 14. Conclusions." Printed Pages: 240. Nº de ref. de la librería 11921

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Descripción Cambridge University Press, 2005. Softcover. Estado de conservación: New. First edition. Culture is a unique and fascinating aspect of the human species. How did it emerge and how did it develop? Richard Dawkins has suggested that culture evolves through meme - that is, cultural replicators subject to variation and selection in just the same ways that genes are in the biological world. In this sense human culture is the product of a mindless evolutionary algorithm. Does this imply, as some have argued, that we are meme machines and that the conscious self is an illusion? Kate Distin’s highly readable and accessible book presents for the first time a fully developed and workable concept of cultural DNA. She argues that culture develops both through memetic evolution and human creativity, and that mimetic evolution is perfectly compatible with the view of humans as conscious and intelligent. This book should find a wide readership amongst philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, and will also interest many non-academic readers. Contents "1. Introduction 2. The meme hypothesis 3. Cultural DNA 4. The replication of complex culture 5. Variation 6. Selection 7. The story so far 8. The human mind: meme-complex with a virus? 9. The meme’s eye view 10. Early cultural evolution 11. Memetic DNA 12. Memes and the mind 13. Science, religion and society: what can memes tell us? 14. Conclusions." Printed Pages: 240. Nº de ref. de la librería 11921

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Descripción CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Culture is a unique and fascinating aspect of the human species. How did it emerge and how does it develop? Richard Dawkins suggested culture evolves and that memes are cultural replicators, subject to variation and selection in the same way as genes are in the biological world. Thus human culture is the product of a mindless evolutionary algorithm. Does this imply, as some have argued, that we are mere meme machines and that the conscious self is an illusion? This highly readable and accessible book extends Dawkins s theory, presenting for the first time a fully developed concept of cultural DNA. Distin argues that culture s development can be seen as the result of memetic evolution and as the product of human creativity. Memetic evolution is perfectly compatible with the view of humans as conscious and intelligent. This book should find a wide readership amongst philosophers, psychologists, sociologists and non-academic readers. Nº de ref. de la librería AAV9780521606271

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Descripción CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2009. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Culture is a unique and fascinating aspect of the human species. How did it emerge and how does it develop? Richard Dawkins suggested culture evolves and that memes are cultural replicators, subject to variation and selection in the same way as genes are in the biological world. Thus human culture is the product of a mindless evolutionary algorithm. Does this imply, as some have argued, that we are mere meme machines and that the conscious self is an illusion? This highly readable and accessible book extends Dawkins s theory, presenting for the first time a fully developed concept of cultural DNA. Distin argues that culture s development can be seen as the result of memetic evolution and as the product of human creativity. Memetic evolution is perfectly compatible with the view of humans as conscious and intelligent. This book should find a wide readership amongst philosophers, psychologists, sociologists and non-academic readers. Nº de ref. de la librería AAV9780521606271

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