MN Reads: "Beyond the Meme" edited by Alan C. Love and William Wimsatt

Apr 11, 2019

How do cultures change?

Biologist Richard Dawkins advanced the idea that the meme (from the Greek mimema, meaning "imitated") could be thought of as a unit of cultural information spread by imitation, similar to biological genes.

But there are some problems with the so-called meme theory, and Alan C. Love and William Wimsatt have collected a diverse collection of ideas from a multitude of disciplines, looking at the ways in which cultures are learned, transmitted and evolve.

Beyond the Meme: Development and Structure in Cultural Evolution edited by Alan C. Love and William Wimsatt, is published by the University of Minnesota Press and will be available in July.