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There is much written about memes that is confused and confusing. The following brief annotated bibliography provides some pointers to the most helpful and least confusing sources of ideas about memes. See also Links to other useful sites and 

Sue Blackmore's publications on memes.

Books on memes

Aunger, R.A. (Ed) (2000) Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science, Oxford University Press (An excellent collection of papers based on a conference in Cambridge. Authors include Blackmore, Dawkins, Dennett, Plotkin, Sperber.)  
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Aunger, R.A. (2002) The Electric Meme: A New Theory of How We Think. New York, The Free Press (Based on his idiosyncratic idea that memes are distinct patterns of electrical charges at nodes in the brain)  
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Blackmore, S.J. (1999) The Meme Machine, Oxford, Oxford University Press. Extract Synopsis Reviews Translations  
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Balkin, J.M (1998) Cultural Software: A Theory of Ideology, Yale University Press

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Bowker, J (1995) Is God a Virus?, London, SPCK  

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Boyer, P (2001) Religion Explained, New York, Basic Books  

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Brodie, R. (1996) Virus of the Mind: The new science of the meme. Seattle, WA, Integral press. (A popular book on memetics with lots of examples of infectious memes and how they affect our lives.) 
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Dawkins, R. (1976) The Selfish Gene Oxford, Oxford University Press - also new edition with additional material, 1989. (The origin of the term “meme” and still very much worth reading, relevant chapter online
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Dawkins, R. (1982) The Extended Phenotype. Oxford, Oxford University Press (a brief section on memes, proposes that the meme is information physically stored in the brain. This is sometimes known as "Dawkins B" because it differs from his earlier formulation) 
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Dawkins, R. (2006) The God Delusion, Bantam Press. (Mostly a powerful onslaught on belief in God but with several sections on religions as memes)

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Dennett, D. (1991). Consciousness Explained. Boston, Little, Brown (includes a very clear section on memes, minds and consciousness) 
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Dennett, D. (1995) Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, London, Penguin (memes are considered within the context of evolutionary theory. A very clear explanation of the meme as a replicator.) 
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Distin, Kate (2004) The Selfish Meme: A Critical Reassessment, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (good critical overview of memetics).

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Durham, W.H. (1991) Coevolution: Genes, Culture and Human Diversity. Stanford, Ca., Stanford University Press. (a difficult book but includes clear accounts of several theories  of meme-gene co-evolution) 
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Fog, Agner (1999) Cultural Selection, Kluver (in depth and full of examples, much of it          available online).

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Godin, Seth (2000) Unleashing the Ideavirus, Simon & Schuster Ltd, New Ed Edition       (2 Jan 2002)

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Hofstadter, D. (1985) Metamagical Themas: Questing for the essence of mind and pattern.      N.Y.  Basic Books (includes an interesting section on viral sentences and self-replicating structures) 
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Hull, David (1990) Science as a Process: An Evolutionary Account of the Social and     Conceptual Development of Science, University of Chicago Press 

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Hurley, S and Chater, N (2005) Perspectives on Imitation: From Mirror Neurons to Memes.        MIT Press, 2 volumes (based on a conference, contributions from nearly 50 authors, including Blackmore, Byrne, Decety, Donald, Gallese, Humphrey, Meltzoff, Tomasello and Whiten)
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Jan, S. (2007) The Memetics of Music: A neo-Darwinian view of musical structure and       culture Aldershot, UK, Ashgate

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Lynch,A. (1996) Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads Through Society. N.Y. Basic Books. (this book includes many interesting examples of powerful memes) 
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McGrath, Alister E. (2004) Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life, Oxford, Blackwell

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Stanovich, K.E. (2004) The Robot’s Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin, Chicago, University of Chicago Press (how we, the vehicles, can rebel against the genes and memes that made us). See forthcoming review.

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Other languages

Chinese: Xie, Chaoqun, Ziran He and Blackmore, S. (2007)  Memes misunderstood. Comments on Liu (2006). Foreign Language Education 28(3):11-15.

French: Blackmore, S. (2006) La théorie des mèmes, Paris, Max Milo

French: Pascal Jouxtel (2005) Comment les systèmes pondent : Une introduction à la mémétique
Paris, Le Pommie

Spanish:  Ramirez, A.C. (2004) Genes y memes: Una aproximacion a la teoria memetica de la evolucion cultural. Ediciones Taller Abierto, Mexico.

Polish:  Biedrzycki, Mariusz (1998) Genetyka kultury, ISBN 83-7180-347-8. I've been recommended this as the best polish book on memetics.

My TED talk is podcast in English, with subtitles in a choice of 21 other languages.

Articles

The best source of articles on memes is Memetics publications on the web, though it has not been updated for some time. So I am beginning to create a list here. Any suggestions welcome.

Conley, J.P., Toossi A and Wooders, M. (2006)  Memetics and voting: how nature may make us public spirited, International Journal of Game Theory, 35, 71-90   Link to article

McNamara, A. (2011) Can we measure memes? Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience  3, 1-7

See also - Sue Blackmore's articles on memes.

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