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"Biology stayed based an ignored culture until the 1980s."?????????

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They have effectively created the blank slate by removing racial consciousness. Now nobody knows who they are and attempt to adopt external third party characters and manipulate their appearance as "self expression" i. e. narcissism/mirror of self and mental illness.

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While reading Dawkins I didn't get the impression that he originally wanted the meme concept to be taken too seriously.

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The best case for cultural evolution is from people like Joseph Henrich. There's lots of evidence for cultural evolution. Check out his books: "The Secret of Our Success" and "The WEIRDest People in the World". His approach is also compatible with evolutionary psychology (the Santa Barbara variety, not the blank slate variety) and behavioral genetics (although behavioral genetics is only tangentially relevant to his explanatory targets).

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Odd use of sociologist's fallacy. That's not generally what it means. https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/2018/12/sociologists-fallacy-origins-of-the-term/

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Marxists evaluate the development of culture and popular ideology as functions of the development of the social hegemony of the most powerful social class, the bourgeoisie. Capitalists' most sacred imperative is the maximization of profits. And we must keep in mind that it is the capitalist class that exercises decisive control over the mass media, the political parties, the universities, the publishing industry, etc. Capitalists utilize a significant portion of their wealth to finance the tasks of molding popular culture, so as to convince the mass of the population that this society of theirs is the best of all possible worlds. See my essay on the topic:

https://jmiller803.substack.com/p/the-subordination-of-the-social-sciences-e80

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