The resident professional ‘philosopher’ of TSZ recently wrote this:
“’memes!’ is a dumb explanation.”
Yes, I agree! (Although that person doesn’t seem to know the difference between ‘memes’ and ‘memetics.’ – e.g. I don’t mind ‘memes’ used for popular shared internet links, but that’s not ‘memetics.’)
Well, given the weekend’s significance for a billion+, let’s ‘crucify’ memetics then. Why is ‘memetics’ a dumb explanation? And there’s no need to hold back with merely ‘dumb’. If one is an ideological ‘naturalist’, isn’t one forced into something like ‘memetics’ because they share the same materialist, naturalist, agnostic/atheist worldview as (chuckling at his own supposed lack of self-identity!) Daniel Dennett? Isn’t the built-in materialism of ‘memetics’ what made it so attractive to certain people and for the same reason obviously not attractive or believable to most others?
Memetics is just bad thinking from start to finish. “Look kids, it’s the ‘Easter meme’ infecting the hearts, minds and souls of hundreds of millions of people around the world this weekend!” For those who think that religion is really ‘just a meme’ that is easily scientifically explainable (like consciousness) in a completely disenchanted way, what you demonstrate is stubborn denial. Memetics is already dead for just about everyone of intellect who has looked closely at Dawkins’ cultural theatrics and theory posturing.
I’ll give my 2 cents to start. Memetics was one of the most dehumanising ideas in the history of (biologistic) philosophy. The gullibility of people who accepted it is a significant and telling symptom showing USAmerican impoverishment of thought among natural scientists who consumed it wholeheartedly because it appeared to support their worldview. It was simply not good philosophy; memetics was and still is philosophistry. Headline: “Weak American philosophy – WAP makes memetics. Tufts professor loses consciousness to ideology.”
Happy ‘skeptic’ crucifixion of dumb dehumanising ‘memetics!’ Will anyone stand up for Dennett’s crucified memetics idol? Or is it really time to do a selfish-oriented dump out of Richard Dawkins, including his ludicrous coinage of ‘memetics’ and return to a more inspiring normalcy?