Dan Dennett: Dangerous Memes

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/112091173144406595328/posts/K87kPVTNeok

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I have recently listened to Alister E. McGrath, Darwinism and the Divine. There a section there on the God-meme in the book. I have found there more logic than by Dennet and Dawkins.

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The logic in the book is as follows. If one takes the meme theory literally, there is no way to distinguish between a good and a bad meme. Hence, Dennett and Dawkins are actually cheating.

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Well, let us start with a selfish gene. It does not care if the host will be killed or not during its reproduction. There are no bad and good selfish genes, bad and good cannot be not applied to selfish genes at all.

The concept of a meme has been developed to describe the cultural evolution in a similar way. Then the introduction of good vs. bad is exactly cheating. There are just memes with the goal to survive, that’s it.

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This is the point in the book Darwinism and the Divine. Dennett and Dawkins first start with neutral memes and after that add good vs. bad without explaining for example why a Darwinism-meme is better than a God-meme.

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