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Chapter six in Global Brain by Howard Bloom. 1st ed. copyright 2000, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Moving from 65 million to 30,000 B.C., covers nature's invention of Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and archaic Homo sapiens. Bloom formally defines the meme, or rather, he formally provides Richard Dawkins' definition of the meme: "a unit of imitation." The development of Broca's area, the part of the brain that allows us to use language, 2 million years ago with Homo habilis is what gave we multi-celular beings a shot at what our bacterial sisters never lost: a world-wide communications network.

Back to chapter 5: Mammals and the Further Rise of Mind
On to chapter 7: A Trip Through the Perception Factory
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