Memes and “temes’

Nadeem | | Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via technology — and invents ways to keep itself alive

A fascinating TED Talk, if we believe Susan then Darwin’s idea’s around evolution are not just applicable to biology they also apply to culture. “Memeticsis a neo-Darwinian approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer based on the concept of the meme. This is the theory that, like living things, ideas or ‘memes’ – naturally vary and that the fittest ideas survive and are absorbed into a our psyche and replicated across generations. Susan argues that Earth now has three replicators – genes (the basis of life), memes (the basis of human culture) and temes (the basis of technology). Technology, through temes, she argues, is now driving us forward as a species, whether we like it or not.

You can read more about this over on Susan’s site.

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  1. Hi Susan. A friend and I were discussing memes earlier today and an interesting question came up. Is it possible to erradicate memes from our lives and minds or would this cause a fundamental breakdown of the human psyche? Also could you please point me in the right direction to learn more about how exactly memes affect our psyche’s as a species? This is a topic I am interested in and I have been struggeling to cut through the trash on the net and find the good sites which contain data which can be verrified.

    Comment by Angie — August 16, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

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