The problem of adaptive individual choice in cultural evolution

@article{Driscoll2007ThePO,
  title={The problem of adaptive individual choice in cultural evolution},
  author={Catherine Driscoll},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
  year={2007},
  volume={23},
  pages={101-113}
}
This paper tries to explain how individuals manage adaptive individual choice (i.e., the decision to acquire a fitter than average behavior or idea rapidly and tractably) in cultural evolution, despite the fact that acquiring fitness information is very difficult. I argue that the means of solving this problem suggested in the cultural evolution literature largely are various types of decision rules employing representations of fitness correlated properties or states of affairs. I argue that… 
3 Citations
Human Culture and Cognition
TLDR
It is argued that meme theory, which asserts that culture is usefully seen as bits of information that replicate in transmission, is a fruitful model of cultural evolution.
Why do Spatiotemporally Restricted Regularities Explain in the Social Sciences?
  • A. Rosenberg
  • Political Science
    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 2012
Employing a well-known local regularity from macroeconomics, the Phillips curve, I examine Woodward’s ([2000], [2003]) account of the explanatory power of such historically restricted generalizations
Why Social Science is Biological Science
The social sciences need to take seriously their status as divisions of biology. As such they need to recognize the central role of Darwinian processes in all the phenomena they seek to explain. An

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 27 REFERENCES
Individual Versus Social Learning: Evolutionary Analysis in a Fluctuating Environment
TLDR
The greater the probability of environmental change, the more difficult it is for social learning to evolve, and fitness parameters can be found that produce an evolutionarily stable nonzero probability of social learning.
Models of Cultural Evolution
At least since the time of Darwin, there has been a tradition of borrowing between evolutionary theory and the social sciences. Darwin himself owed a debt to the Scottish economists who showed him
The evolution of cultural evolution
TLDR
Understanding how and when culturally evolved adaptations arise requires understanding of both the evolution of the psychological mechanisms that underlie human social learning and the evolutionary (population) dynamics of cultural systems.
Why Culture is Common, but Cultural Evolution is Rare
TLDR
Two models of the evolution of psychological capacities that allow cumulative cultural evolution are analyzed, suggesting why such capacities may be rare in nature.
Coevolution: Genes, Culture, and Human Diversity
TLDR
The author suggests that a process of cultural selection, or preservation by preference, driven chiefly by choice or imposition depending on the circumstances, has been the main but not exclusive force of cultural change, and shows that this process gives rise to five major patterns or modes in which cultural change is at odds with genetic change.
The evolution of prestige: freely conferred deference as a mechanism for enhancing the benefits of cultural transmission.
  • J. Henrich, F. Gil-White
  • Psychology
    Evolution and human behavior : official journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • 2001
Why people punish defectors. Weak conformist transmission can stabilize costly enforcement of norms in cooperative dilemmas.
In this paper, we present a cultural evolutionary model in which norms for cooperation and punishment are acquired via two cognitive mechanisms: (1) payoff-biased transmission-a tendency to copy the
Climate, Culture, and the Evolution of Cognition
TLDR
This chapter argues that Cenozoic trends in cognitive complexity represent adaptations to an increasingly variable environment and cites a correlation between environmental deterioration and brain size increase in many mammalian lineages as the main support for this hypothesis.
Gene-culture coevolutionary theory.
...
...