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in The extended self
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This part explains the wider impact of technology on human evolution and the extended self. It explores Richard Dawkins' concept of the meme as the primary unit of cultural reproduction. The part also explains the serious weaknesses in the neo-Darwinian model and genetic metaphors underpinning memetic theory. It concludes with a critical examination of the applications of autopoiesis to human social systems, of which the most promising was the evolution of ideas themselves.

The extended self

Architecture, memes and minds

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