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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 indirect reciprocity
Punishment allows the evolution of cooperation (or anything else) 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.
Why does culture increase human adaptability
The Origin and Evolution of Cultures
Over the past 25 years, Boyd and Richerson have become well-known across a wide range of disciplines for their path-breaking work on evolution and culture. This work collects twenty of the…
Was Agriculture Impossible during the Pleistocene but Mandatory during the Holocene? A Climate Change Hypothesis
Several independent trajectories of subsistence intensification, often leading to agriculture, began during the Holocene. No plant-rich intensifications are known from the Pleistocene, even from the…
Shared Norms and the Evolution of Ethnic Markers
chone use of an “abundant” resource. Yukon Tourism Occasional Papers in Archaeology 3. o s w a l t , w e n d e l l h . 1963. Mission of change in Alaska. San Marino: Huntington Library. ———. 1990.…
Group beneficial norms can spread rapidly in a structured population.
It is shown that when a model of imitation used to derive replicator dynamics in isolated populations is generalized to allow for population structure, group beneficial norms can spread rapidly under plausible conditions.