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What Can Archaeology Do With Boyd and Richerson's Cultural Evolutionary Program?

Marwick, Ben

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In a famous letter, the economist Alfred Marshall outlines a method for economic theorising: "(1) Use mathematics as shorthand language, rather than as an engine of inquiry (2) Keep to them till you have done (3) Translate into English (4) Then illustrate by examples that are important in real life (5) Burn the mathematics (6) If you cannot succeed in 4 then burn 3." (Pigou 1925). If Marshall's method is relevant to the way Boyd and Richerson work, then their new book is evidence that their...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/44496
Source: Review of Archaeology

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