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Lisa B.'s picture

Week 6

I thought Daniel Dennett's use of memes, genes analogues of cultural evolution, is confusing, and that his "cranes of culture" (chapter 12) is a desperate argument against intelligent design. Dennett believes that memes are invisible, like genes, and are carried by the human language instead of DNA and RNA in genes. This develops into a weak analogy against the use of skyhooks, explanations that require a miracle, in evolutionary biology. Although Darwin's Dangerous Idea has yet to convince me to abandon religion, it is a fascinating book and I have learned more about the theory of natural selection. 


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