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Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    Tough pill to swallow

    Prepare yourself before you read this book. It can and will change the very way you think. This book as a lot of answers to many questions that we all have in our life. As well as the proper ways to figure certain things out in life. Anything I write will not help you understand what it is about except for its about how the mind is programmed. Read it, you might acctually learn something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Two Thumbs Up

    I enjoyed this book, a little too medical for me in the first part but all in all I would recommend it. It adds to the BIGGER picture.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Reply to: Ambitious but flawed 1) how is it skewed? He did what

    Reply to: Ambitious but flawed
    1) how is it skewed? He did what any good marketing exec would do: he's pushing key button. Had it been titled: "the science of memes" would you have bothered to look at it? probably not.
    2) That's right, much of our discussion making is based on memes, but once you realize what buttons are being pushed, you can shoos whether or not the meme you are receiving is pertinent; thereby choosing whether to add it or exclude it.
    3) You don't think we can escape their influence, but you criticize him for not giving more time to the "memeplex?" This is an introduction to the concepts, mainly to make people aware of memes and their affects. I felt he touched on the subject enough for a book of this scope; if I want more, i'll find other titles.
    4) And you fall prey to a meme. Personally, I think our ability to control our drives and actions (not that a lot of people do so now a days), is what separates us from animals. But I doubt any animal could construct a complex meme like a religion (I could be wrong, but you have to be careful to not transfer a belief system to the subject while teaching them to communicate).
    5) That is your opinion, it is also a belief construct: if a religion is true, then your death is permanent while that of others is not; therefore, the only way you don't loose is if religion is false. Actually, most religions provide a way to sidestep death, whether through heaven, a stay in purgatory, resurrection, or reincarnation. Threat to life or health is one of our strongest core memes.
    6) It's not a book of philosophy, it is an introduction to various concepts that he wants accessible to common people.

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