In Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics
as a Science, ed.
The latest addition to the 'Studies in Violence, Mimesis and Culture' series from the Michigan State University Press, "Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory" by Wolfgang Palaver (Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Chair of the Institute for Systematic Theology, University of Innsbruck, Austria) and ably translated into English by Gabriel Borrud is a 424 page compendium addresses Girard's mimetic theory within the framework of significant trends in contemporary thought organized into seven chapters (Life and Work of Rene Girard; Religion and Modernity; Mimetic Desire; The Scapegoat Mechanism as Origin of Culture; Biblical Revelation and Christianity; Political Implications of the Mimetic Theory; Memetic
Theory and Gender.
In terms of memetics
, the memes from the political and economic quadrants have spread to become a part of legal and latent pattern maintenance discourse.
In keeping with his debt to memetics
, Gronas covers the canonicity of texts of any size and structure, including "minimal units.
The fields of memetics
and memography continue to generate many publications (Doyle, 2006; Sterelny, 2006; Blackmore, 2005; Brodie, 2004; Blute, 2005).
As a scholarly enterprise, memetics
has a questionable history and standing.
As Dennett (1995) points out, the logic of memetics
is that cultural evolution is for memes in the same way that Dawkins (1976) argued that biological evolution is for genes.
Fantasy and science fiction--here the demarcation line may be blurred at times--are probably the two categories most responsive to such modern and often subversive hypotheses as the theory of relativity, multidimensionality of existence, Rupert Sheldrake's theory of morphic resonance, James Hillman's archetypal theory, Richard Dawkins' theory of memetics
, Ken Wilber's spectrum of consciousness, James Lovelock's Gaia theory and many others.
GILLIAN CROZER, "Cultural Evolution and Environment: A Case Study in Population Memetics
, Quantum Mechanics and the Spiral of Spirituality, Website URL - http:// www.
when in fact memetics
shows us that all these design elements are simply the memes that have survived and spread among the social groups to which those airplane manufacturers belong.
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