Does Biology Constrain Culture

  title={Does Biology Constrain Culture},
  author={Alan R. Rogers},
  journal={American Anthropologist},
  • A. Rogers
  • Published 1 December 1988
  • Biology
  • American Anthropologist
Most social scientists would agree that the capacity for human culture was probably fashioned by natural selection, but they disagree about the implications of this supposition. Some believe that natural selection imposes important constraints on the ways in which culture can vary, while others believe that any such constraints must be negligible. This paper employs a “thought experiment” to demonstrate that neither of these positions can be justified by appeal to general properties of culture… 

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