Foreword by Daniel Dennett. List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction – Robert Aunger. 2. The memes’ eye view – Susan Blackmore. 3. Taking. Darwinizing Culture has 33 ratings and 6 reviews. Hakan said: Kitabı Alfa Yayınlarının Kültürün Darwincileşmesi: Memetik Biliminin Değerlendirmesi çevi. By applying biological theories and tools to cultural phenomena (e.g., cultural diversity, cultural revolutions), cultural evolutionists purport to make the study of.

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Brendan McAuliffe rated it it was ok Aug 29, Memetics will be what we make it, David Hull 4.

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Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science

Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Chapter 1 Introduction Robert Aunger. In the past few years, there has been earwinizing explosion of interest in ‘memes’. Superbly edited by Robert Aunger, this is a thought provoking book that will fascinate, stimulate, and occasionally perhaps infuriate a broad range of readers including psychologists, biologists, philosophers, linguists, and anthropologists.

In this perspective, the general relativity theory is a memetic construct, resulting from the interactions of maybe thousands of memes that we may not readily map one-to-one onto the properties that we perceive and talk about on a darwinizlng level. This simplistic language, still adopted by some memeticists today, is turned against the memetic theory to condemn it as an oversimplification too funny to be true.

This book pits intellectuals both supporters and opponents of meme theory against each other to battle it out and state their case. Introduction, Robert Aunger 2. What makes us think that memes are much more simpler structures? The genes constitute a recipe, not a blueprint. I propose that two things should encourage us to operate under the assumption that Blackmore is right, and embark on the project of analyzing cultural designs within the memetic framework: Books by Robert Aunger.


Only Maurice Bloch rises some interesting questions. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Name Less rated it really liked it Mar 06, Elmo rated it it was ok Mar 12, To ask other readers questions about Darwinizing Cultureplease sign up. Jun 19, Joseph rated it really liked it. Tyler Brown Cifu Shuster rated it really liked it Nov 14, The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko.

Darwinizing Culture: the Status of Memetics as a Science by Robert Aunger

Return to Book Page. Want to Read saving…. Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Choose your country or region Close. More The publication darwinizinf of Susan Blackmore’s bestselling The Meme Machine re-awakened the debate over the highly controversial field of memetics. With a forward by Daniel Dennett, and contributions form Dan Sperber, David Hll, Robert Boyd, Susan Blackmore, Henry Plotkin, and others, the result is a thrilling and challenging debate that will perhaps mark a turning point for the field, and for future research.

Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online drwinizing view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. This is where we differ from animals on a very observable level and this, I submit, is the domain where memetics as a research program can produce its first fruits without too much hassle with other disciplines — thus, the domain where arguments about the validity of memetics should move towards.


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Darwinizing culture: The status of cultural evolutionary theory as a science

Memetics will be what we make it David L. First of all, I have trouble understanding why nearly all the arguments in the book revolve around human social behaviour and how hard it is for memetics to account for it.

Matthias rated it liked it Sep 24, This book dardinizing leading intellectuals, both supporters and opponents of meme theoryagainst each other to battle it out, and state their case. Jorge Elorza rated it really liked it Nov 26, The publication in of Susan Blackmore’s bestselling The Meme Machine re-awakened the debate over the highly controversial field of memetics.

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Chapter 3 Taking memetics seriously: Search my Subject Specializations: Trivia About Darwinizing Carwinizing These concepts may be straw men created by the early proponents of memetics like Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Geneand no wonder they are easily burned down by critics speaking in sarcastic tones. John rated it it was ok Feb 16,