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Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme

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  • Sales Rank:411,811
  • Format:Abridged, Audiobook, CD
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Audio CD
  • Number Of Items:4
  • Edition:Abridged
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.3
  • Dimensions (in):5.6 x 4.9 x 0.5
  • Publication Date:October 1, 2009
  • ISBN:140192722X
  • EAN:9781401927226
  • ASIN:140192722X
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        4-CD set, Abridged Audio Book

Virus of the Mind is the first popular work devoted to the science of memetics, a controversial new field that transcends psychology, biology, anthropology, and cognitive science. Memetics is the science of memes, the invisible but very real DNA of human society.

Here, the author carefully builds on the work of scientists Richard Dawkins, Douglas Hofstadter, Daniel Dennett, and others who have become fascinated with memes and their potential impact on our lives. Mind viruses have already infected governments, educational systems, and inner cities, leading to some of the most pervasive and troublesome problems of society today: youth gangs, the welfare cycle, the deterioration of the public schools, and ever-growing government bureaucracy.

Richard Brodie weaves together science, ethics, and current events as he raises these and other very disturbing issues relating to memes.

Amazon.com Review
If you've ever wondered how and why people become robotically enslaved by advertising, religion, sexual fantasy, and cults, wonder no more. It's all because of "mind viruses," or "memes," and those who understand how to plant them into other's minds. This is the first truly accessible book about memes and how they make the world go 'round.

Of course, like all good memes, the ideas in Brodie's book are double-edged swords. They can vaccinate against the effects of cognitive viruses, but could also be used by those seeking power to gain it even more effectively. If you don't want to be left behind in the coevolutionary arms race between infection and protection, read about memes.


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