Cultural Evolution

Cultural Evolution - Cultural Evolution Rappaport (p 249)...

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Cultural Evolution Rappaport (p 249) is one of many ecol. anthros. who suggests that the dialogue between culture and nature takes an evolutionary form: Although cultures may be imposed upon ecological systems there are limits to such impositions, for cultures and components of culture are themselves subject to selective processes. In response to environmental changes cultures must transform themselves (in manners analogous to genetic transformation in response to changed environmental conditions) or the organisms bearing them will either perish or abandon them. Unfortunately, Rappaport does not provide even a sketch or outline of how such a process of cultural evolution might work -- What mechanisms actually produce cultural adaptation? Above, I have outlined one such mechanism: genetically-evolved learning biases that provide humans everywhere with adaptive criteria for judging the consequences of culturally-prescribed actions But there is an alternative mechanism that can generate cultural adaptations (and
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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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