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Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality
Arising from M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita & E. O. Wilson 466, 1057–1062 (2010)10.1038/nature09205; Nowak et al. replyNowak et al. argue that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value inExpand
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How Darwinian is cultural evolution?
Darwin-inspired population thinking suggests approaching culture as a population of items of different types, whose relative frequencies may change over time. Three nested subtypes of populationalExpand
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Speaking Our Minds: Why human communication is different, and how language evolved to make it special
1. Two Approaches to Communication 2. The Emergence of Communication Systems 3. Cognition and Communication 4. The Evolution of Ostensive Communication 5. Crossing the Rubicon 6. EvolutionaryExpand
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Defining biological communication
Communication is ubiquitous in biology, and agreement on terms essential for scientific progress. Yet there is no agreed definition of biological communication. Definitions couched in terms ofExpand
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THE NICHE CONSTRUCTION PERSPECTIVE: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL*
Niche construction refers to the activities of organisms that bring about changes in their environments, many of which are evolutionarily and ecologically consequential. Advocates of nicheExpand
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Nonhuman Primate Communication, Pragmatics, and the Origins of Language
Comparisons with the cognition and communication of other species have long informed discussions of the origins and evolution of human communication and language. This research has often focused onExpand
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Evolutionary Theory and the Ultimate–Proximate Distinction in the Human Behavioral Sciences
To properly understand behavior, we must obtain both ultimate and proximate explanations. Put briefly, ultimate explanations are concerned with why a behavior exists, and proximate explanations areExpand
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Meaning in animal and human communication
Abstract What is meaning? While traditionally the domain of philosophy and linguistics, this question, and others related to it, is critical for cognitive and comparative approaches to communication.Expand
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Combinatorial quorum sensing allows bacteria to resolve their social and physical environment
Significance Many bacterial species engage in a form of cell–cell communication known as quorum sensing (QS). Despite great progress in unravelling the molecular mechanisms of QS, controversy remainsExpand
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