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The meme machine, Susan Blackmore

Label
The meme machine
Title
The meme machine
Statement of responsibility
Susan Blackmore
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Uniquely among animals, humans are capable of imitation and so can copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviors, inventions, songs and stories. These are all memes, a term first coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976. According to memetic theory, memes, like genes, are replicators, competing to get into as many brains as possible, and this memetic competition has fashioned our minds and culture, just as natural selection has designed our bodies. Can the analogy between memes and genes lead us to powerful new theories that actually explain anything important? This book ends by confronting the deepest questions of all about ourselves: the nature of the inner self, the part of us that is the centre of our consciousness, that feels emotions, has memories, holds beliefs and makes decisions. Author Blackmore contends that this inner self is an illusion, a creation of the memes for the sake of their own replication.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blackmore, Susan J.
Index
index present
LC call number
HM291
LC item number
.B535 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Memetics
  • Imitation
  • Behavior evolution
  • Sociobiology
  • Social psychology
  • Psicologia social
  • Adaptacao (psicologia)
  • Imitation
  • Évolution du comportement
  • Sociobiologie
  • Psychologie sociale
  • Imitatie
  • Gedrag
  • Evolutie
  • Psychologische aspecten
  • Culturele aspecten
  • Biologische aspecten
  • Memen
  • Évolution du comportement
  • Imitation
  • Psychologie sociale
  • Wissenssoziologie
  • Kognitionswissenschaft
  • Behavior evolution
  • Imitation
  • Memetics
  • Social psychology
  • Sociobiology
Label
The meme machine, Susan Blackmore
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-258) and index
Contents
Strange creatures -- Universal Darwinism -- The evolution of culture -- Taking the meme's eye view -- Three problems with memes -- The big brain -- The origins of language -- Meme-gene coevolution -- The limits of sociobiology -- 'An orgasm saved my life' -- Sex in the modern world -- A memetic theory of altruism -- The altruism trick -- Memes of the New Age -- Religions as memeplexes -- Into the Internet -- The ultimate memeplex -- Out of the meme race
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 264 p.
Isbn
9780198503651
Lccn
98049180
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40354641
  • (OCoLC)ocm40354641
Label
The meme machine, Susan Blackmore
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-258) and index
Contents
Strange creatures -- Universal Darwinism -- The evolution of culture -- Taking the meme's eye view -- Three problems with memes -- The big brain -- The origins of language -- Meme-gene coevolution -- The limits of sociobiology -- 'An orgasm saved my life' -- Sex in the modern world -- A memetic theory of altruism -- The altruism trick -- Memes of the New Age -- Religions as memeplexes -- Into the Internet -- The ultimate memeplex -- Out of the meme race
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 264 p.
Isbn
9780198503651
Lccn
98049180
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40354641
  • (OCoLC)ocm40354641

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