Culture evolves only if there is cultural inheritance.


Aunger, R; (2006) Culture evolves only if there is cultural inheritance. The Behavioral and brain sciences, 29 (4). pp. 347-348. ISSN 0140-525X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X0622908X

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Abstract

Mesoudi et al. argue that the current inability to identify the means by which cultural traits are acquired does not debilitate their project to draw clear parallels between cultural and biological evolution. However, I suggest that cultural phenomena may be accounted for by biological processes, unless we can identify a cultural "genotype" that carries information from person to person independently of genes.

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 17094821
Web of Science ID: 242683000002
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/10718

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