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Hum Hist 2 ho 17 - Hum Hist II Week 10, lecture 1...

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Hum Hist II Conclusions 6/1/11 Week 10, lecture 1 The shape of history The great motor of human history: the cultural evolution of the modern human brain Biological evolution makes possible cultural evolution (i.e., cumulative learning and pooling of knowledge) Cultural evolution is like biological evolution in rightward skewing of complexity, abrupt collapses, shifting fitness landscapes But cultural evolution is largely unlike biological evolution in producing multiple ways of doing things within a single species Cultural evolution is like biological evolution in generating great thresholds (e.g., transitions to farming, states, empires, industry) and in importance of geography, competition, and resources But cultural evolution is largely unlike biological evolution in how geographical scale feeds back into the evolutionary process Scale transformed process in last 600 years, producing explosion of energy capture since
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2012 for the course IHUM 69B taught by Professor Morris during the Spring '11 term at Stanford.

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Hum Hist 2 ho 17 - Hum Hist II Week 10, lecture 1...

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