Virus of the Mind

Virus of the Mind

The New Science of the Meme

Book - 1996
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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, virusesof 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 virusesof the mind.

Will there be a mental plague? Will only some of us survive with our free will intact? Richard Brodie weaves together science, ethics, and current events as he raises these and other very disturbing questions about memes.

Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Integral Press, c1996.
ISBN: 9781401924683
Branch Call Number: 155.7 Brodie
Characteristics: 251 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 02, 2017

what do they mean by memes? like internet jokes, or every1 posting stupid stuff saying"lit"
or "no chill" because other people do it?

happygirl15 Jan 18, 2012

Makes you question the many "beliefs" you are fed by society about what is real or true. Why do we automatically accept them as truth? Examples: (1) DNA rules our body - it only RESPONDS and can actually be shared between species; (2) Darwin wrote on "survival of the fittest" - WRONG!!! Read Darwin yourself to see how species need to cooperate to survive. This book is a good introduction on a topic - the meme - that is worth your further research. I can personally recommend the website as one source.

Mar 09, 2011

Soapboxing, not science. This book is more concerned about advancing the author's political views than presenting useful insights. There are plenty of better books out there that address this theme.


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