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Replicators, lineages, and interactors

  • Daniel J. Taylor (a1) and Joanna J. Bryson (a1)

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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I. Čače & J. J. Bryson (2007) Agent based modelling of communication costs: Why information can be free. In: Emergence and evolution of linguistic communication, ed. C. Lyon , C. L. Nehaniv & A. Cangelosi , pp. 305–22. Springer.

W. D. Hamilton (1964) The genetical evolution of social behaviour. Journal of Theoretical Biology 7:152.

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