Virus of the Mind

  • by Richard Brodie
  • Narrated by Richard Brodie
  • 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Virus of the Mind is the first popular work 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. Here, the author 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.
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. Richard Brodie weaves together science, ethics, and current events as he raises these and other very disturbing issues relating to memes.

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I need more convincing

I struggle with what memetics offers beyond other theories of learning like behaviourism, social learning theory and then other things like NLP. Nor am I clear on how memes differ from norms but I guess it’s a catch all framework for anything transmitted between minds. If so, though, I think the book lacks breadth and depth (after all, that’s a hell of a lot of ground to cover!) Just a little research evidence would have strengthened the core arguments and made the whole framework more convincing.
Well read by the author and fun to listen to,
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- Rturn

Audiobooks don't need to be long to be great value

Beautifully written book on a fascinating subject-it's like a really good sequel to the selfish gene
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- Dannyboy1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2009
  • Publisher: Hay House