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The mutual relevance of teaching and cultural attraction

  • Thomas C. Scott-Phillips (a1) and Dan Sperber (a2) (a3)

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As Kline envisages, there is an important relationship between cultural attraction and teaching. The very function of teaching is to make the content taught an attractor. Teaching, moreover, typically fulfills its function by exploiting a variety of factors of cultural attraction that help make its content learnable and teachable.

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Claidière, N., Scott-Phillips, T. C. & Sperber, D. (2014) How Darwinian is cultural evolution? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 369(1642):20130368. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0368.
Richerson, P. J. & Boyd, R. (2005) Not by genes alone: How culture transformed human evolution. University of Chicago Press.
Sperber, D. (1996) Explaining culture: A naturalistic approach. Blackwell.
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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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