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Title: Symbiosism, Symbiomism and the perils of memetic management
Contributor(s): van Driem, George (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Symbiosis is a widespread phenomenon in the living world that has been recognised for about as long as natural selection has been. Most multicellular life forms arose ontogenetically as symbiomes. Language too is an organism which arose as a semiotic symbiont within the hominid brain. The etymology of the term meme and a number of competing definitions thereof as the unit of selection in cultural evolution are explained. A concise exposition of Symbiosism and Symbiomism is provided, distilled from previous writings. The perils of memetic management are discussed, and the desirability and necessity of memetic management are called into question.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Language and Culture in Northeast India and Beyond : In Honour of Robbins Burling, p. 327-347
Publisher: Asia Pacific Linguistics
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
ISBN: 9781922185266
Field of Research (FOR): 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Series Name: Asia-Pacific Linguistics; A-PL 23
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