Review: The Meme Machine – Susan Blackmore

Review: The Meme Machine – Susan Blackmore published in Minds and Machines, vol 11, 437-442 sometime in 2001.

From the review:

…there are many categorical differences between us and all other animals. We speak to one another, cajole, persuade, entertain, build bridges and aeroplanes, wonder about the origins of the universe and ourselves, make love without making babies.

One of  question I raise in the the review is whether

… the meme’s eye view is a better perspective than its rivals such as cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, psychoanalytic theory, and so forth. These approaches have had considerable success despite denying that the Darwinian origins of human behaviour has a large contribution to explaining its here-and-now nature.