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Talking about evolution

Posted 10-Apr-2015 at 01:09 AM (01:09) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Evolution happens, but it's not a simple thing at all, and it's often burdened with projection and myths by people with agendas. Evolution only really gets interesting once we talk about complex things; and those things are the hardest to explain, of course. One of the most comon agendas driving myths about evolution is based on the myth that simple answers can be given off-the-cuff to complex questions, which is of course wrong. One book that really helped me begin understanding evolution is a...
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Whatever happened to memes and memetics? Richard Dawkin's idea, and how it became a zombie idea: Part 1

Posted 19-Sep-2010 at 02:35 PM (14:35) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 14-Oct-2010 at 08:00 AM (08:00) by Gurdur

The word and concept "meme" first entered the English language and major discussion almost 35 years ago, and today the meme concept is a zombie. It came into usage when the book "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins first came out in 1976. The book is very readable, very good - and also very dated; some parts are simply out of date, and as said one of the most famous ideas to emerge from that book - the meme - has become a zombie. A meme was defined loosely as any kind of discrete transmitted cognitive...
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