Memes, the second replicator.

Link to lecture on TED.org: Talks Susan Blackmore on memes and "temes"

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I just ordered Meme Machine in at Dymocks. :D
I have a review of this important book on Amazon. It's the one at the bottom of the page.

Good post. I read the book twice and would be glad to discuss it with other fledgling memeticists. Mirror Reversal is the first book since 1984 to have a glossary of terms. In this case, memetic terms.
Scary! :(

That is a really cool link.  Thanks!

 

Glad you liked it.  I need to get back to reading her book.

In  Program Or Be Programmed: Ten Commands For A Digital Age, Douglas Ruskoff appears to agree with Blackmore. Here are excerpts from the introduction, not in original order:

...computers and networks... not only copy our intellectual processes - our repeatable programs - but they also discourage our more complex processes - our higher order cognition... and meaning making ...

...instead of optimizing our machines for humanity – or even the benefit of some particular group – we are optimizing humans for machinery.

We are replicating the very function of cognition through external, extra-human mechanisms. These tools are not mere extensions of the will of some individual or group, but tools that have the ability to think and operate other components in the neural network - namely, us.

In a digital age, failure could mean relinquishing our nascent collective agency to the machines themselves. The process appears to have already begun.

..., we need to rely on a purpose and on values as real and powerful as the science and logic our machines are using in their own evolutionary ascent.[emphasis mine]


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