Cover art for The Meme Machine
Published
Oxford University Press, March 2000
ISBN
9780192862129
Format
Softcover, 288 pages
Dimensions
19.6cm × 12.7cm × 1.8cm

The Meme Machine

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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. Susan Blackmore makes a compelling case for the theory that the inner self is merely an illusion created by the memes for the sake of replication.

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