Sunday, 26 July 2009

The anthropological perspective on memetics

A few critical articles on Neuroanthropology:

"We hate memes, pass it on...".

"Engaging & Dispatching Memetics";

"Brain-culture, memes, and choosing examples".

I looked briefly at the referenced "Engaging anthropology" By Thomas Hylland Eriksen.

There's too much here for me to bother addressing most of it - but it seems like a load of "sour grapes" and "not invented here" material from anthropologists. Apparently, memeticists do not make sufficient references to existing work on cultural diffusion by anthropologists.

We have seen this sort of thing before when Darwinism invaded the other social sciences - resistance from entrenched defenders of pre-Darwinian systems of thought who feel as though they are in a turf war.

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