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May 31, 2016


Time: 1500-1800h (Tuesday May 31)
Location: Room 5A-23, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden (Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen).

We shall return to the question of evolution and in particular the concept of meme. Memes just got another lease on life after the original meaning:

a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition and replication in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.

there is now:

a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.

If you are not familiar with Dawkins’ coining of the concept you may want to read

And for this occasion I suggest we read Benzon’s article (which, by the way, is rather critical about Dennett’s approach):

Memetics is controversial, evolution is not a favourite in the humanities, Benzon is a dubious character, and all that may help us to clarify matters through sharp debate!

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