Memetics and Cultural Evolution

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Memetics and Cultural Evolution

A group for people interested in the study of memes, viral ideas, and cultural evolution.

A meme is any unit of shared cultural information.

Memetics is the study of the propagation of this information.

Members: 77
Latest Activity: Jun 18, 2013

Memes, Genes And Religious Beliefs - Richard Dawkins @ UC Berkeley

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Memetics going mainstream

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 18, 2013. 0 Replies

In Why America & China's Future Plans Are Totally Nuts, James Howard Kunstler refers to…Continue

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Word frequency reflects liking

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 14, 2013. 1 Reply

Many Atheists continue to talk about theism for decades after they've stopped buying into the spooks. My position ,that it's better develop a theism-meme free world is often incomprehensible to some.…Continue

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Video on Religion as virus

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 2, 2013. 2 Replies

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Tags: virus mutation, religion, memetics

Review of The Mocking Memes

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Steph S. Jan 29, 2013. 1 Reply

Tim Tyler reviews The Mocking MemesThe Mocking Memes:A Basis for Automated…Continue

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Bullying still attractive in leaders *yuck!*

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Steph S. Dec 20, 2012. 1 Reply

For Power and Status, Dominance and Skill Trump LikabilityYou'd think we'd advanced culturally in selecting…Continue

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Submit climate crisis memes

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 17, 2012. 3 Replies

What’s Your Meme? Changing the Climate Change ConversationMemetics is…Continue

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Comment by Richard Healy on April 11, 2009 at 3:23pm
I'll get to Blackmore. Promise. I've got Dennet, Coyne, Pinker, Sagan on my selh already, and coming into the post two books about the roman empire and the Persian empire respectively.

Then. Then, I'll read Blackmore.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on April 11, 2009 at 2:55pm
Max, Put Mirror Reversal on the list okay? The Selfish Gene is the Dawkins' book and MR is a story based on it. The reversal refers to genes flipping: shy genes becoming fast, and dove gene becoming hawk. Makes for one helleva story; gets crazier and crazier from page to page once Cynthia goes through the mirror—hence, Mirror Reversal.
Comment by Mac Rex on April 11, 2009 at 2:32pm
Dam, it sure is hard to keep up with all the cool discussion groups in here. I've been wanting to get Susan Blackmore's book "Conversations on Consciousness" since seeing her talk on TED last year. Unfortunately, I live far away from any decent book store, and I have to pay down my credit cards more before I can order on line.
Memes have interested me since I first read about them in one of Dawkins books (Can't remember which book, as I've most of his books and have read them a few times each.).
Comment by Richard Goscicki on April 11, 2009 at 1:03pm
I get right to the Blackmore. Read it twice. Pretty much the bible of memetics. "Humans are peculiar apes infested by memeplexes." Can't beat it.
Comment by Richard Healy on March 28, 2009 at 12:46pm
Sign me up.

I'm currently reading Dan Dennet's Consciousness Explained, next up: Religion As A Natural Phenomenon and I've got The Meme Machine on my Amazon wishlist.

I was once asked in my university teacher training course to offer a definition of culture (regrettably I hadn't at that stage heard of memes and memetics and so didn't have a complete response) but I do recall mine was the only one to refer to how culture was transmitted across and between generations hence counter cultures, sub cultures etc.

This puzzled most of my fellow trainees who didn't think of culture in these terms, I am therefore very interested in learning more about how culture and the theory of meme transmission interact and in particular how this relates to cognitive development.
 

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