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Taking memetics seriously: Memetics will be what we make it

David L. Hull

in Darwinizing Culture

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780192632449
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632449.003.0003
Taking memetics seriously: Memetics will be what we make it

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This chapter reports the author's personal view of what contemporary philosophy of biology has to say about memes-as-replicators. It is noted that memeticists cannot begin to understand what the science of memetics is until they produce some general beliefs about conceptual change and try to test them. One of the chief obstacles in understanding memetic evolution as a process is the hold that genes and organisms have on humans. There are also harmful consequences that the gene-organism perspective has had on memetics. The chapter also demonstrates how a series of replications can be identified from the translating of the information contained in these replicators to make a product – homocatalysis versus heterocatalysis.

Keywords: memetics; replicators; genes; organisms; humans; homocatalysis; heterocatalysis

Chapter.  10177 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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