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Replicators, lineages, and interactors

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 June 2014

Daniel J. Taylor
Department of Computer Science, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK.
Joanna J. Bryson
Department of Computer Science, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK.


The target article argues that whole groups can act as interactors in an evolutionary process. We believe that Smaldino's discussion would be advanced by a more thorough analysis of the appropriate replicators and lineages for this model. We show that cultural evolution is necessarily a separate process from cultural group selection, and we also illustrate that the two processes may influence each other as demonstrated by an agent-based model of communicating food-processing skills.

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