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The Cultural Evolution of Technology and Science

Alex Mesoudi, Kevin N. Laland, Robert Boyd, Briggs Buchanan, Emma Flynn, Robert N. McCauley, Jürgen Renn, Victoria Reyes-García, Stephen Shennan, Dietrich Stout, and Claudio Tennie

in Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262019750
eISBN:
9780262318297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019750.003.0011
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter explores how the principles and methods of cultural evolution can inform our understanding of technology and science. Both technology and science are prime examples of cumulative ... More


Similarities Between Chimpanzee and Human Culture

Christophe Boesch

in Handbook of Advances in Culture and Psychology, Volume 5

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190218966
eISBN:
9780190274474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218966.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Originally the concept of culture was proposed only for humans, stressing the importance of social influences on its dynamics and development. Although there is no question that all human groups have ... More


The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique

Kim Sterelny

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262016797
eISBN:
9780262302814
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016797.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This book develops a novel account of the speed and extent of human evolutionary divergence from the great ape stock. It does not explain human uniqueness by positing a critical adaptive breakthrough ... More


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