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← Meme Theory, Zahavi's Handicap, and the Baldwin Effect

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link textBetween Pinker and Zeuglodon (and a few others) my understanding of of meme theory and group selection have been competely changed over the last couple of weeks.

I think my confusion of the issue (and I doubt I'm unique in this regard) stemmed from the fact that group dynamics or cultural evolution is bound to resemble natural selection more then it resembles my older now defunct theistic beliefs.

Let me use this example:

Twelve step groups have 'replicated'. See here. (For some reason I can't get the link to be in the right spot and I'm done trying) This replication is more similar to natural selection then my discarded belief that god 'created' Twelve Step groups. I just kind of assumed it was the same kind of replication. I now realize that twelve step 'replication' is still different from gene replication.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 03:41:00 UTC | #949548