Cultural Evolution: A Review of Theory, Findings and Controversies

  title={Cultural Evolution: A Review of Theory, Findings and Controversies},
  author={Alex Mesoudi},
  journal={Evolutionary Biology},
The last two decades have seen an explosion in research analysing cultural change as a Darwinian evolutionary process. Here I provide an overview of the theory of cultural evolution, including its intellectual history, major theoretical tenets and methods, key findings, and prominent criticisms and controversies. ‘Culture’ is defined as socially transmitted information. Cultural evolution is the theory that this socially transmitted information evolves in the manner laid out by Darwin in The… CONTINUE READING