Sunday, 11 August 2013

Homo Memeticus

Homo Sapiens has been the proposed name for modern humans for a while now. However, it has become increasingly clear that it's not very appropriate.

Our most distinctive trait - compared to our ancestors - is not really wisdom, but rather: the ability to put socially-transmitted information to good use. What wisdom we have exists largely as a consequence of this ability, and exists most prominently in social groups - in the form of the wisdom of crowds.

Homo Memeticus and Homo Imitans are some of the proposals intended to highlight this. I favour Homo Memeticus - since it makes good use of the evocative term "meme".

1 comment:

  1. Pan narrans is becoming popular (sub-species kwyjibo)