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Memes (Preprint)

Schlaile, Michael P. and Veit, Walter and Boudry, Maarten (2021) Memes (Preprint). [Preprint]

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Abstract

This chapter makes the case for (re-)introducing memes into economics. While many scholars have (prematurely) rejected the notion of memes, it is argued that by taking memes more seriously, economists could establish links between fragmented approaches and overcome an apparent bias towards mostly intentional and “adaptive” processes of innovation and technological and economic change. Moreover, by embracing the meme’s eye view one can overcome questionable conceptions of creative genius and rationally optimizing agents, or at least complement them with a more naturalistic and informational perspective. In summary, studying memes means studying interconnected informational structures (often involving instructions) that can be socially transmitted—especially by imitation—and recombined, thus affording the emergence of innovations.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Schlaile, Michael P.michael.schlaile@uni-hohenheim.de
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Boudry, Maartenmaartenboudry@gmail.com
Keywords: complex systems, creativity, cultural evolution, imitation, information, innovation, memes, meme’s eye view, memetics, parasitic culture, replication, rules
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Specific Sciences > Economics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Mr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2021 14:34
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2021 14:34
Item ID: 18672
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Specific Sciences > Economics
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18672

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