Pursuing Darwin's curious parallel: Prospects for a science of cultural evolution.

  title={Pursuing Darwin's curious parallel: Prospects for a science of cultural evolution.},
  author={Alex Mesoudi},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
In the past few decades, scholars from several disciplines have pursued the curious parallel noted by Darwin between the genetic evolution of species and the cultural evolution of beliefs, skills, knowledge, languages, institutions, and other forms of socially transmitted information. Here, I review current progress in the pursuit of an evolutionary science of culture that is grounded in both biological and evolutionary theory, but also treats culture as more than a proximate mechanism that is… CONTINUE READING
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