Evolution, Psychology, and a Conflict Theory of Culture

  title={Evolution, Psychology, and a Conflict Theory of Culture},
  author={Kevin Macdonald},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychology},
  • K. Macdonald
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
This article develops an evolutionary theory of conflict over the construction of culture that is informed by current knowledge of psychological mechanisms. Psychological mechanisms important for the production of culture include (1) general intelligence (including the ability to engender hypothetical scenarios and means-end reasoning necessary for constructing tools and other exemplars of technology); (2) explicit processing mechanisms (e.g., symbolic representations of the world). Explicit… 

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