This is Virus of the mind summary from the book written by Richard Brodie. It is 26 pages long and contains the most interesting parts from Brodies book about memes. I think that Memetics is an interesting subject, and although I´d say that Blackmores book is better I still thinks that it´s worth a read.
Book name: Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme
Book Author(s): Richard Brodie
Summary pages: 26
Genre: Viral Communication, Memes
What is Virus of the mind summary?
Virus of the mind summary isn´t based on the best book that I’ve read, but if you are interested in memes and the spreading of culture it is worth a read. Brodies work is pretty non-scientific and philosophical, so if you´ve looking for something more tangible about memes I suggest you read Susan Blackmore´s The Meme Machine. I will probably throw up a summary for Susan’s book as well when I get the time. Until then you can see Virus of the mind summary as a warm up. Here´s a TED-talk with Susan Blackmore for those of you that would like a more visual intro to memes.
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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, viruses of 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 viruses of 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.