Culture and the Evolutionary Process
Using methods developed by population biologists, a theory of cultural evolution is proposed that is an original and fair-minded alternative to the sociobiology debate.
The evolution of altruistic punishment
- R. Boyd, H. Gintis, S. Bowles, P. Richerson
- Psychology, BiologyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 11 March 2003
It is shown that an important asymmetry between altruistic cooperation and altruistic punishment allows altruistic punished to evolve in populations engaged in one-time, anonymous interactions, and this process allows both altruism punishment and altruism cooperation to be maintained even when groups are large.
The evolution of indirect reciprocity
Punishment allows the evolution of cooperation (or anything else) in sizable groups
The evolution of reciprocity in sizable groups.
Why Culture is Common, but Cultural Evolution is Rare
Two models of the evolution of psychological capacities that allow cumulative cultural evolution are analyzed, suggesting why such capacities may be rare in nature.
Not by genes alone: How culture transformed human evolution.
"Not by Genes Alone" offers a radical interpretation of human evolution, arguing that the authors' ecological dominance and their singular social systems stem from a psychology uniquely adapted to create complex culture.
The cultural niche: Why social learning is essential for human adaptation
It is argued that humans may be smarter than other creatures, but none of us is nearly smart enough to acquire all of the information necessary to survive in any single habitat.
Why does culture increase human adaptability
Current perspectives and the future of domestication studies
It is argued that although recent progress has been impressive, the next decade will yield even more substantial insights not only into how domestication took place, but also when and where it did, and where and why it did not.