The Evolutionary Cost of Learning

  title={The Evolutionary Cost of Learning},
  author={Giles Mayley},
Traits that are acquired by members of an evolving population during their lifetime, through adaptive processes such as learning, can become genetically speciied in later generations. Thus there is a change in the level of learning in the population over evolutionary time. This paper explores the idea that as well as the beneets to be gained from learning, there may also be costs to be paid for the ability to learn. It is these costs that supply the selection pressure for the genetic… CONTINUE READING
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