Culture: The Driving Force of Human Cognition

@article{Colag2020CultureTD,
  title={Culture: The Driving Force of Human Cognition},
  author={Ivan Colag{\`e} and Francesco d’Errico},
  journal={Topics in cognitive science},
  year={2020}
}
It is often, though sometimes only implicitly, assumed that biological/genetic evolution sets neural substrates, that neural substrates fix cognitive abilities, and that cognitive abilities determine the spectrum of cultural practices exhibited by a biological species. We label this view as the "bottom-up-only" view. In this paper we will show that such a "chain of dependence" is much looser than usually assumed, especially as far as recent periods (the last 800,000 years vs. the last 7 million… 

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