Sunday, 23 January 2011

The Mind's Big Bang

Richard Dawkins and Susan Blackmore appear in this 2002 documentary about the evolution of the human brain - where they present about memes:

Memetics suggests that cultural replicators took up residence in the human skull, and then expanded the cranium to make more room for themselves - by rewarding the genes of those with space for the most memes.

There is a section in this documentary about memes starting at 47:30 - but this hypothesis doesn't really get mentioned. The documentary is an example of how memetic explanations frequently get neglected.

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