From: Keith Henson (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 15 Feb 2003 - 04:44:52 GMT
At 10:57 AM 14/02/03 -0500, you wrote:
>> --- Martha Granger <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >
>> > He told me that he would read 10
>> > books of my choosing
1. Selfish Gene. It was written before Dawkins became so exasperated with
creationists. Have him read the Second Ed.
"Selfish Gene" Dawkins gives 16,500 hits in Google.
2. Evolution of Cooperation by Axelrod is a requirement if you want to
engage in useful discussion in this area. Small book, very well done, and
not at all dated in close to 20 years. Basic Books
"Evolution of Cooperation" (using the quotes) in Google offers up 12,000
3. The Ascent of Mind: Ice Age Climates and the Evolution of Intelligence
by William H. Calvin
"William Calvin" gets 10,200 Google hits.
4. The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation
by Matt Ridley
"Matt Ridley" evolution gets 4120 links.
5. The Moral Animal, by Robert Wright. Why We Are the Way We Are : The
New Science of Evolutionary Psychology. 1995 Gives an excellent overview
of evolutionary psychology in layman's terms. His new book Non-Zero has a
lot of memetic implications.
" Moral Animal" "Robert Wright" gives 2850 links
6. The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating David Buss's 1995
"David Buss" gets about 2100 links in Google. There is a really good
7. The Social Brain by Michael Gazzaniga (1985). New York: Basic
Books. Michael lays out the evidence of the modular nature of our
brains and how the modules, while doing the best they can, still make errors.
"Michael Gazzaniga" gets 1490 Google hits.
8. Sperm wars by Robin Baker "Most of the book is about heterosexual sex,
and a lot of it is about female instinctual programming ..."
[I remember being kind of horrified when reading this book--but it was impossible to dismiss knowing what I did about evolution.]
"Sperm wars" in Google gives 1180 links.
I only put in one per author, though some of these authors have done a
number of other interesting books, Dawkins, of course, Calvin, Ridley (Red
Queen in particular) and Gazzaniga. Calvin's more recent book, The
Cerebral Code: Thinking a Thought in the Mosaics of the Mind, invokes
evolution on a time scale of milliseconds to minutes as we evolve noise
through a number of grammar and meaning selection cycles into speech.
"Evolution as an on-the-fly Brain Process I tend to think that the fancier
mental processes (language, planning, music, logic) utilize a form of
Darwinian process that operates in milliseconds to minutes."
I could think of a dozen more that are less closely related to evolution,
but support it in various ways. Minsky's Society of Mind supports
Gazzaniga and Calvin. (Marvin Minsky in Google, 19200) Born To Rebel,
Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives by Frank J. Sulloway (Born
to Rebel, 1570 links)
My particular views on memetics and the evolution of ideas are not exactly
represented by any of the better known memetics books.
[THOUGHT CONTAGION How Belief Spreads Through Society by Aaron
Lynch. "Aaron Lynch" 3260 links in Google
Virus of the Mind, by Richard Brodie "Virus of the Mind" Brodie 2340 links,
The Meme Machine, Susan Blackmore (3160 links)]
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel
Dennett might be the closest, but he does not spend a lot of ink on the
subject. There is a fairly good review here:
"darwin's dangerous idea" 6570 links
"darwin's dangerous idea" memetics 606 links
It is perhaps a bit pretentious for me to suggest the article you can find
with "sex drugs cults henson" in Google. For what it is worth, the
author's name in Google and "Cryonics OR Nanotechnology OR meme OR
memetics OR scientology" (to try to weed out the jazz player, gay porn
star, and NASA guys of the same name) gives 19000 links.
PS, the article should be the last thing he reads, not the first. :-)
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