virus: Memetics on NPR

Sun, 23 May 1999 19:23:03 -0700

Did anybody listen to that edition of Talk of the Nation on memetics?

The guests were:


                 SUSAN BLACKMORE
                 Author, The Meme Machine (Oxford University Press,
                 Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of the West
                 of England, Bristol, England

                 ROBERT WRIGHT
                 Author, The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and
Everyday Life
                 (Vintage, l995)

                 RICHARD DAWKINS
                 Author, "The Selfish Gene" (Oxford University Press,
                 Professor of the Public Understanding of Science,
Oxford University
                 Author, Unweaving the Rainbow (Houghton-Mifflin, 1998)

                 A meme is a idea or behavior one person can pass on to
another. Some scientists
                 claim that memes act like genes, with the fittest
surviving and interacting to produce
                 the peculiarities of human behavior. Can memetics help
us understand complex
                 aspects of human nature and culture, or is it, as some
have complained,
                 "cocktail-party science"? Join Ray Suarez and guests
for a look at the controversy
                 over memes.