Robert Aunger

in Darwinizing Culture

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780192632449
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670473 | DOI:

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This chapter tries to make sense of what has gone before memetics, and to find where there might be grounds for coming down on one side or another of the key issues identified by the authors of the preceding chapters. The comments are assembled by academic discipline, as it is from these varying perspectives that problems naturally come into view. It brings out that meme promoters tend to be biological in background or inclination, while the more critical voices dominating the later chapters usually come from the field of social sciences, especially psychology. It also follows the same order in setting out the comments presented. It is generally stated that it may be more impudent to comply with the progress of evolutionary cultural studies more broadly, rather than the meme idea intrinsically, for a true indication of who is winning the battle to explain culture.

Keywords: memetics; meme; psychology; social sciences; culture

Chapter.  10453 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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