Re: Kemes R Us (was; Re: We luv the guv't)

Guru George (
Sun, 18 Jan 1998 14:39:43 +0100

On Sun, 18 Jan 1998 11:52:58 +0000
Damien Broderick <> wrote:

>>EvMick wrote: Mr. Bloom is saying that governments...or "superorganisms" as he
>>> calls them.....are then next step up on the "memetic" food chain. Theyare to
>>> people what people are to cells...
>Bloom bases his argument on a revival of `group selection' theory. This
>approach to evolution has been pretty comprehensively demolished.
Matt Ridley, in his book "The Origin of Virtue" plays with similar ideas
>from a thoroughly orthodox genecentric p.o.v. But the heroine is saved
at the end of the day (check the magnificent last few pages in a bookshop
- then buy the book)!

Guru George