Week 7: Memes

11 10 2007

In Thursday’s class, we discussed the idea of the meme, and the connections between language, thought, and cultural evolution. To recap, the cultural transmission of ideas (via language) makes it possible for the human species to adapt much more quickly than biology would allow.

The question for this week: has the Internet (for the most part now the WWW) changed the way we think? Did people in the last century approach problems differently than we (digitally literate humans) do? We discussed in class, for example, how the process of research has changed since the advent of the WWW.

Have other problem-solving techniques (heuristics) also changed?

(I think they have, and I’m demonstrating at least one example in this post).

–Dr T




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