Parasites of the mind. Why cultural theorists need the meme’s eye view

@article{Boudry2018ParasitesOT,
  title={Parasites of the mind. Why cultural theorists need the meme’s eye view},
  author={M. Boudry and S. Hofhuis},
  journal={Cognitive Systems Research},
  year={2018},
  volume={52},
  pages={155-167}
}
Are there any such things as mind parasites? By analogy with biological parasites, such cultural items are supposed to subvert or harm the interests of their host. The hypothesis of cultural parasitism has appeared in different guises in the burgeoning field of cultural evolution. To unpack the notion of mind parasites, we first clear some conceptual ground around the concept of cultural adaptation and its relation to human agency. We then formulate Millikan’s challenge: how can cultural items… Expand
6 Citations

Topics from this paper

'Viral' Hunts? : A Cultural Darwinian Analysis of Witch Persecutions
  • PDF
Invasion of the Mind Snatchers. On memes and cultural parasites
  • 1
  • Highly Influenced
  • PDF
Replicate after reading: on the extraction and evocation of cultural information
  • 4
  • PDF
Viral Ice Buckets: A Memetic Perspective on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’s Diffusion
  • 8
  • Highly Influenced

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 59 REFERENCES
A continuum of mindfulness
  • 13
  • PDF
The nature of culture
  • 137
An objection to the memetic approach to culture
  • 185
  • PDF
Religion and Morality
  • 152
  • PDF
The Evolution of Culture
  • 25
...
1
2
3
4
5
...