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Generative entrenchment and an evolutionary developmental biology for culture

  • William C. Wimsatt (a1)
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  • Published online: 09 November 2006

Mesoudi et al.'s new synthesis for cultural evolution closely parallels the evolutionary synthesis of Neo-Darwinism. It too draws inspiration from population genetics, recruits other fields, and, unfortunately, also ignores development. Enculturation involves many serially acquired skills and dependencies that allow us to build a rich cumulative culture. The newer synthesis, evolutionary developmental biology, provides a key tool, generative entrenchment, to analyze them.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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