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Can Archaeologists Study Processes of Invention?

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013338
eISBN:
9780262259101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013338.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter evaluates cultural variation from a behavioral perspective. It develops that argument by situating invention within the overarching context of technological change; evaluating the ... More


Organismal Innovation

Jeffrey H. Schwartz

in Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013338
eISBN:
9780262259101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013338.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter describes the innovation of systematics and phylogeny. It reviews the relevant elements of biological change and how they map on or relate to the notions of “invention” and “innovation.” ... More


The Experimental Study of Cultural Innovation

Alex Mesoudi

in Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013338
eISBN:
9780262259101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013338.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter reports two case studies in which experimental simulations of cultural transmission have provided insights into the processes of cultural innovation. The first case study shows how ... More


Technological Innovations and Developmental Trajectories: Social Factors as Evolutionary Forces

Valentine Roux

in Innovation in Cultural Systems: Contributions from Evolutionary Anthropology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013338
eISBN:
9780262259101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013338.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter describes technological innovation, developmental trajectories, and modes of social organization. It addresses the technological inventions and their order and mode of development as ... More


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