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Unformatted text preview: From the ethnoecological point of view, we take these beliefs at face value, and note that actions of believers follow logically from the beliefs An evolutionary perspective pushes us to ask why such beliefs persist and spread, however (an example of asking "Why?" questions to complement "How?" ones) One evolutionary hypothesis is that once such beliefs arose (for whatever reason), those who adopted them would have a somewhat higher probability of surviving, hence more offspring on average (who in turn would be likely to culturally inherit these beliefs, thus increasing their frequency in the population over time) This is just a way of saying that memes ( cultural variants) can be favored by natural selection, if they spread & persist because people who hold such beliefs have higher average number of descendants, who in turn inherit the beliefs...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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