Monday, February 04, 2008

Humans - huge colonies of replicators


The Robot’s Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin
Keith E. Stanovich


It should be unnerving to know that we humans, according to biological insights, are but “hosts for two replicators (genes and memes) that have no interest in humans other than the role they play as a conduit for replication,” as Keith E. Stanovich writes in The Robot’s Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin ( http://www.press.uchicago.edu/).

“Humans, for example, can be viewed as huge colonies of replicators swarming inside big lumbering vehicles (essentially humans as sophisticated robots in service of the gene colonies),” he describes.

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