Re: Selfish memes?

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 01:20:43 GMT

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    At 07:27 PM 23/01/02 -0500, you wrote:
    >Hi Robin Faichney -
    > >Sorry, Lawrence, I've been trying for a while to remember where I saw or
    > >heard that, without success, though I'm very confident he did write or
    > >say it.
    >This is apparently from The Selfish Gene, somewhere...
    >"Of course," Dawkins writes, "the personification of the gene is not to
    >be taken literally ... Personification is sometimes a useful device, and
    >for critics to accuse us of taking it literally is almost as stupid as
    >taking it literally in the first place. Physicists are not literally
    >charmed by their particles and the critic who would so accuse them is a
    >tiresome pedant."
    >- since it was mentioned in a review of the same at

    The review mentions several of his books. I am not sure about this, but I
    think the quote is from The Extended Phenotype.

    Keith Henson

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