Unformatted text preview: • Organisms vary, and this variation affect the ability of individuals to survive and reproduce Some individuals are more likely to reproduce than others • Organisms resemble their parents Individuals in the next generation resemble the survivors. Cultural transmission satisfies Darwin’s three postulates • Not everyone becomes a cultural parent, • People vary and these variations affect their chance of becoming a cultural parent Beliefs affect longevity Beliefs affect family size Beliefs affect social position • People resemble their cultural parents Natural selection affects culture. Members of conservative denominations have higher birth rates. Since people tend to have similar beliefs as their parents, and since people with conservative christian views had more children (who would come to share those views) the conservative christian cultural variant increased within the population....
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2009 for the course UNKNOWN 186P taught by Professor Boyd during the Spring '09 term at UCLA.
- Spring '09