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AB55: No Future
(September/October 2004)

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported journal curious about the erosion of our actual and cultural environments via advertisement forces. given that 1989, the journal has been featured in enormous quantities of other and mainstream newspapers, magazines, tv and radio indicates. identified around the globe for sparking Occupy Wall highway, Adbusters can also be accountable for social media campaigns resembling purchase not anything Day and electronic Detox Week.

Included within the journal are incisive philosophical articles and activist observation, coupled with effect layout that seeks to unbound the conventional journal layout. concerns proper to our modern second, similar to media focus, weather switch and genetically changed meals are frequently featured. We hunt down a global the place financial system and ecology exist in concord. by way of demanding humans to turn into individuals in place of spectators, Adbusters takes objective at company disinformation, worldwide injustice and the industries and governments who actively pollute and wreck our actual and psychological commons.

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Indeed, he is one of the few evolutionary theorists who, far from thinking that the social sciences need to be subsumed within the biological paradigm, is aware that any real dialogue must be a two-way street: “It often seems as if the integration of biology and the social sciences is a one-way street, more a conquest by biology than a fertile interchange. Here [learning from Durkheim’s theory of religion and of the importance of symbolism in constituting human groups] is a case where the influence needs to flow the other way” (226).

Instead, once Dawkins had shown in principle that the propagation of memes could be independent of the genes, memeticists tended toward the view that culture, insofar as it is composed of memes, is as likely as not to be inimical to genetic interest, and thus to operate like a malignant parasite on the organism rather than as a necessary component in its self- construction and functioning in the world. A leading example of this tendency can be observed in the treatment by some evolutionists of the proclivity of humans to believe in religious ideas.

To be able to do this, culture necessarily had to serve interests other than those of individual genetic fitness, if it was to do what it was evolved to do. This is a fundamental premise of my own view of dual inheritance, and it informs my ethnographic analyses throughout this book. It is also the view held by Richerson and Boyd, to whose work I now turn. 35 CHAPTER ONE Boyd and Richerson (or Richerson and Boyd) Beginning in the fertile intellectual milieu of the late 1970s, Peter Richerson and Robert Boyd began developing a research agenda explicitly asserting the reality and at least partial independence of both a genetic and a cultural track along which human inheritance proceeds, and indeed it was they who introduced the term “dual inheritance” (Richerson and Boyd 1978) to describe theories that start from this assumption as well as models derived from such theories.

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