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Memes and the evolution of religion: We need memetics, too

  • Susan Blackmore (a1)

In their analysis, Norenzayan et al. completely ignore memetics, which, unlike other theories, treats memes as replicators and looks to memetic as well as genetic advantage. Now that memes are evolving ever faster, genetic advantage is less relevant. So when religious and secular values are at odds, we need a memetic analysis to understand what is going on.

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Blackmore, S. J. (1999) The meme machine. Oxford University Press.
Dawkins, R. (1976) The selfish gene. Oxford University Press (new edition with additional material, 1989).
Dawkins, R. (1993) Viruses of the mind. In: Dennett and his critics: Demystifying mind, ed. Dahlbohm, B., pp. 1327. Blackwell.
Dennett, D. C. (2006) Breaking the spell: Religion as a natural phenomenon. Allen Lane.
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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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