Culture and Evolution
|Early tool use by humans was pretty darn important.|
Memes can take many forms, from the seemingly useless (like current fashions or trends), to memes that have killed millions (e.g. anti-semitism), and also to memes that have changed the trajectory of our civilizations (i.e. vaccinations, internet). There are some memes (like “Tebowing”) that have been able to spread so quickly and so far, that we see their imitation in the remote regions of the African continent all the way from their origin on North American football fields.
|May the best meme win!|
Furthermore, it seems clear that some memes cannot coexist, and that these memes would actually be in competition with one another, in much the same way that interspecies or intraspecies competition occurs within an ecological context. We are beginning to understand that Darwin’s theory of natural selection can be easily applied to the evolution of memes, and more generally, cultural evolution in humans.
|Examples of IcanHazCheezburger memes.|