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Memes revisited

Sterelny, Kim


In this paper, I argue that the adaptive fit between human cultures and their environment is persuasive evidence that some form of evolutionary mechanism has been important in driving human cultural change. I distinguish three mechanisms of cultural evolution: niche construction leading to cultural group selection; the vertical flow of cultural information from parents to their children, and the replication and spread of memes. I further argue that both cultural group selection and the vertical...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
DOI: 10.1093/bjps/axi157


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