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Darwinizing Culture

Edited by Robert Aunger

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780192632449
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670473 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632449.001.0001
Darwinizing Culture

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The publication in 1998 of Susan Blackmore's bestselling The Meme Machine re-awakened the debate over the highly controversial field of memetics. In the past couple of years, there has been an explosion of interest in ‘memes’. The one thing noticeably missing though, has been any kind of proper debate over the validity of a concept regarded by many as scientifically suspect. This book pits intellectuals (both supporters and opponents of meme theory) against each other to battle it out and state their case. 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 debate that will perhaps mark a turning point for the field and for future research.

Keywords: Susan Blackmore; Meme Machine; memetics; Daniel Dennett; Dan Sperber; David Hull; Robert Boyd; Henry Plotkin

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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Introduction in Darwinizing Culture

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The memes’ eye view in Darwinizing Culture

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Memes through (social) minds in Darwinizing Culture

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