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Behav Brain Sci. 2016 Jan;39:e32. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X15000059.

Cultural evolution need not imply group selection.

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1
Department of Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511. dorsa.amir@yale.edu http://www.dorsaamir.com
2
Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511. matthew.jordan@yale.edu david.rand@yale.edu http://www.daverand.org/ http://psychology.yale.edu/people/matthew-jordan

Abstract

Richerson et al. make a compelling case for cultural evolution. In focusing on cultural group selection, however, they neglect important individual-level accounts of cultural evolution. While scientific discourse typically links cultural evolution to group selection and genetic evolution to individual selection, this association is due to historical accident only. We thus call for more consideration of individual-level cultural evolution.

PMID:
27561957
DOI:
10.1017/S0140525X15000059
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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