The Meme Machine

Paperback | May 17, 2000

bySusan Blackmore

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'Any theory deserves to be given its best shot, and that is what Susan Blackmore has given the theory of the meme I am delighted to recommend her book.' Richard Dawkins Humans are extraordinary creatures, with the unique ability among animals to imitate and so copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviours, inventions, songs, and stories. These are all memes, a term first coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene. Memes, like genes,are replicators, and this enthralling book is an investigation of whether this link between genes and memes can lead to important discoveries about the nature of the inner self. Confronting the deepest questions about our inner selves, with all our emotions, memories, beliefs, and decisions, SusanBlackmore makes a compelling case for the theory that the inner self is merely an illusion created by the memes for the sake of replication. 'Anyone who hopes-or fears- that memetics will become a science of culture will find this surefooted exploration of the prospects a major eye-opener.' Daniel Dennett

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 In 1976, Richard Dawkins, in his book The Selfish Gene, first coined the term ‘memes’ in reference to humans who have the unique ability to imitate and copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviors, inventions, songs and stories. These memes are like genes in that they are replicators. Susan Blackmore presents The Meme Machin...

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'Any theory deserves to be given its best shot, and that is what Susan Blackmore has given the theory of the meme I am delighted to recommend her book.' Richard Dawkins Humans are extraordinary creatures, with the unique ability among animals to imitate and so copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviours, inventions, songs,...

Susan Blackmore is at University of the West of England, Bristol.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.71 inPublished:May 17, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019286212x

ISBN - 13:9780192862129

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 In 1976, Richard Dawkins, in his book The Selfish Gene, first coined the term ‘memes’ in reference to humans who have the unique ability to imitate and copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviors, inventions, songs and stories. These memes are like genes in that they are replicators. Susan Blackmore presents The Meme Machine in which she explores the links between genes and memes and analyses the truths about our inner self. Blackmore promulgates a strong case for the theory that the inner self is only an illusion created by the memes for the sake of replication. This is fascinating and well written, and sure to cause a few sleepless nights.

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"Well-written and personable, this provocative book makes a cognent...case for the concept of memes and for the importance of their effects on human culture."--Publishers Weekly