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Evolutionary mechanisms of teaching

  • Peter Gärdenfors (a1) (a2) and Anders Högberg (a3) (a2)


We argue that Kline's analysis does not account for the evolutionary mechanisms that can explain the uniqueness of human teaching. We suggest that data should be complemented by an analysis of archaeological material with respect to what forms of teaching are required for the transmission of technologies over generations.



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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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