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Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme

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ISBN: 9781401924690
Author(s): Richard Brodie
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hay House
Dimensions: 154 x 228 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 249

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"Virus of the Mind "is the first popular book 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. In "Virus of the Mind, "Richard Brodie 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. But Richard goes beyond science and dives into the meat of the issue: is the emergence of this new science going to have an impact on our lives like the emergence of atomic physics did in the Cold War? He would say the impact will be at least as great. While atomic bombs affect everybody's life, viruses of the mind touch lives in a more personal and more pernicious way. 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. Viruses of the mind are not a future worry: they are here with us now and are evolving to become better and better at their job of infecting us. The recent explosion of mass media and the information superhighway has made the earth a prime breeding ground for viruses of the mind. Will there be a mental
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