Chelsea Green Publishing

Dangerous Ideas: Memes and the New Orwellianism

"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too." - Somerset Maugham "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." – Thomas Jefferson They are the new biological warfare, the ultimate propaganda weapon—weapons that make more of themselves—inside your and your neighbor's heads. Units of cultural information that replicate have been called a variety of names—mnemes, mnemotypes, culturetypes, and idenes—before their current name caught on and, as befits the concept to which it refers, proliferated like there's no tomorrow. Which there may not be. Memes—the notion of self-replicating bits of culture—are a seductive, slippery concept, vigorously debated in some corners of
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My Father

My father’s work made science cool. He showed that it was good to be smart, to be open to wonder but also critical, both of superstition and political authority. The universe was our home. Space exploration and evolution were part of a story based on evidence that belonged to all humanity, not a religious or […]
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The Purpose of Life and Humanity’s Place in the Biosphere

A fantastic breakthrough with important ecological implications is hereby announced: the scientific revelation of life’s purpose. From the Big Bang on, the cosmos has been heading in a direction defined by the spreading of energy, or the reducing of gradients, which are measurable temperature, pressure, and chemical differences. The differences tend to be broken down […]
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