Culture and the evolution of human cooperation.

@article{Boyd2009CultureAT,
  title={Culture and the evolution of human cooperation.},
  author={Robert Boyd and Peter J. Richerson},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364 1533},
  pages={3281-8}
}
The scale of human cooperation is an evolutionary puzzle. All of the available evidence suggests that the societies of our Pliocene ancestors were like those of other social primates, and this means that human psychology has changed in ways that support larger, more cooperative societies that characterize modern humans. In this paper, we argue that cultural adaptation is a key factor in these changes. Over the last million years or so, people evolved the ability to learn from each other… CONTINUE READING
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