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Culture in the world shapes culture in the head (and vice versa)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 September 2019

Edward Baggs
Affiliation:
Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London WC1H 0QB, United Kingdom. ed.baggs@gmail.com
Vicente Raja
Affiliation:
The Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, London ON N6A 5B7, Canada. vgalian@uwo.camande54@uwo.ca
Michael L. Anderson
Affiliation:
The Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, London ON N6A 5B7, Canada. vgalian@uwo.camande54@uwo.ca

Abstract

We agree with Heyes that an explanation of human uniqueness must appeal to cultural evolution, and not just genes. Her account, though, focuses narrowly on internal cognitive mechanisms. This causes her to mischaracterize human behavior and to overlook the role of material culture. A more powerful account would view cognitive gadgets as spanning organisms and their (shared) environments.

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