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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Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Books by Robert Aunger. Chapter 1 Introduction Robert Aunger. Stefano rated it it was ok May 05, Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Chapter 4 Culture and psychological mechanisms Henry Plotkin. The point I want to stress here is this: 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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Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science

Chapter 11 Conclusion Robert Aunger. This is the second point that disturbs me in the discussions in general: The Politics of Consolation Christina Simko. It seems to me that the reactions of psychologists and anthropologists against memetics are based on cultuer misunderstanding that memetics is here to sweep their theories on human nature away and start from scratch. This simply is the essence of the memetic account of human creativity.

Chapter 8 An objection to the memetic approach to culture Dan Sperber.

Alas, most of the essays conforming this book by authors from Why yes, I do consider myself a memeticist, ever since I was introduced to it via Dawkins-Dennett-Blackmore. Search my Subject Specializations: 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.


Darwinizing Culture – Robert Aunger – Oxford University Press

With a forward by Daniel Dennett, and contributions form Dan Sperber, David Hll, Robert Boyd, Susan Blackmore, Henry Plotkin, and others, dawrinizing result is a thrilling and challenging debate that will perhaps mark a turning point for the field, and for future research. 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.

The memes’ eye view, Susan Blackmore 3. Chapter 3 Taking memetics seriously: Nov 22, Hakan Uzunlar rated it liked it Shelves: Publications Pages Publications Pages. Kristina rated it liked it Jul 18, Authors Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Choose your country or region Close. The genes constitute a recipe, not a blueprint. Memetics will be what we make it, David Hull 4.

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

Jun 06, Aldo Ojeda rated it liked it Shelves: I reviewed this one in the Quarterly Review of Biology. Elmo rated it it was ok Mar 12, So it is my belief that memetics should — in the beginning, at least — shift its focus from human social behaviour towards human creativity and objects of culture, and do that with a more refined definition of meme to do justice to the complexity of the phenomena to be explained as well as to the memetic theory itself.

Laland, and John Odling-Smee. Universal acid or a better mousetrap? Our intuitions are not a good basis for building or refuting claims about the nature of our minds and the memes, as they lead us to overrate our conscious teleological control over our creativity or to engage in a semantic mapping between whole designs, ideas or theories and single memes.


The one thing noticeably missing has been any kind of proper debate over the validity of a concept regarded by many as scientifically suspect. Jun 19, Joseph rated it really liked it. Tiffany Kalousek rated it really liked it Jun 17, Subscriber Login Email Address.

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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This book The publication in of Susan Blackmore’s bestselling ‘The Meme Machine’ re-awakened the debate over the highly controversial field of memetics.

Just like the biological organisms, cultural objects artefacts, theories, institutions, etc. Return to Book Page. LPenting rated it it was ok Nov 29, The publication in of Susan Blackmore’s bestselling ‘The Meme Machine’ darwinizin the debate over the highly controversial field of memetics.

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

In the past few years, there has been an explosion of interest in ‘memes’. Hull manages to dzrwinizing crystal clear on muddy waters of theoretical memetics with his bold arguments supported by very appropriate examples.

As Dennett reminds us on various occasions and topics, we must be prepared to, if not expect to, discover that accurate scientific theories are often counter-intuitive. Refresh and try again.