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Memes shape brains shape memes

  • Susan Blackmore (a1)

Christiansen & Chater's (C&C's) arguments share with memetics the ideas that language is an evolving organism and that brain capacities shape language by influencing the fitness of memes, although memetics also claims that memes in turn shape brains. Their rejection of meme theory is based on falsely claiming that memes must be consciously selected by sighted watchmakers.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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