Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York
2000 paperback ISBN 0-19-286212-X
From the Foreword by Richard Dawkins
I was always open to the possibility that the meme might one day be
developed into a proper hypothesis of the human mind, and I did not
know how ambitious such a thesis might turn out to be. Any theory
deserves to be given its best shot, and that is what Susan Blackmore
has given the theory of the meme. I do not know whether she will be
judged too ambitious in this enterprise, and I would even fear for her
if I did not know her redoubtable qualities as a fighter. Redoubtable
she is, and hard nosed too, but at the same time her style is light and
personable. Her thesis undermines our most cherished illusions (as she
would see them) of individual identity and personhood, yet she comes
across as the kind of individual person you would wish to know. As one
reader I am grateful for the courage, dedication and skill she has put
into her difficult task of memetic engineering, and I am delighted to
recommend her book.
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