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Virus of the Mind : The New Science of the Meme
Virus of the Mind is the first popular book devoted to the science of memetics, a controversial new field that transcends psychology, biology, anthropology, and cognitive science. Memetics is the science of memes, the invisible but very real DNA of human society.
In Virus of the Mind, author and creative genius Richard Brodie carefully builds on the work of scientists Richard Dawkins, Douglas Hofstadter, Daniel Dennett, and others who have become fascinated with memes and their potential impact on our lives. But Brodie goes beyond science and dives into the meat of the issue: is the emergence of this new science going to have an impact on our lives like the emergence of atomic physics did in the Cold War?
Brodie would say the impact will be at least as great. While atomic bombs affect everybody's life, viruses of the mind touch lives in a more personal and more pernicious way.
Mind viruses have already infected governments, educational systems, and inner cities, leading to some of the most pervasive and troublesome problems of society today: youth gangs, the welfare cycle, the deterioration of the public schools, and ever-growing government bureaucracy.
Viruses of the mind are not a future worry: they are here with us now and are evolving to become better and better at their job of infecting us. The recent explosion of mass media and the information superhighway have made the earth a prime breeding ground for viruses of the mind.
Will there be a mental plague? Will only some of us survive with our free will intact? Brodie weaves together science, ethics, and current events as he raises these and other disturbing questions about memes.
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1 . Interesting topic but shallow foundations
Posted March 11, 2010 by David , BurlingtonThe topic of the book is quite interesting and important for the ethical and moral implications. I consider that there many of the ideas presented are possible and some of them come from studies with good references. However, this book in particular does not provide the level of research that I was looking for, the references presented are not too many. Many of them are presented with short justification but not enough to persuade.
May 14, 2009
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