The Evolution of Cultural Entities

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Michael Wheeler, John Ziman, Margaret A. Boden
British Academy, 2002 - Social Science - 221 pages
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Ever since Darwin, scholars have noted that cultural entities such as languages, laws, firms and theories seem to 'evolve' through sequences of variation, selection and replication, in many ways just like living organisms. These essays consider whether this comparison is 'just a metaphor', or whether modern evolutionary theory can help us to understand the dynamics of different cultural domains. The 'evolutionary paradigm of rationality' has a significant role to play throughout the human sciences, but raises complex issues in every cultural context where it is applied. By fostering discussion between scholars from a wide range of research traditions, this volume aims to influence the evolution of all of them.
 

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Contents

Heritable Variation and Competitive Selection as the Mechanism
9
How to Model Cultural Change
27
Biology Culture and the Myth of
43
Toward an AutonomyTheoretic
67
Culture
87
Learning from Culture
103
Choosing the Selectors
119
Evolutionary Theorising in Economics
135
Coevolution of Economic
161
Change and Reform
183
The Evolution of Merged Culture Genes and Computing Artefacts
201
Index
215
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Michael Wheeler is a Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Dundee. John Ziman is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Bristol; Fellow of the Royal Society. Margaret Boden is at the University of Sussex.

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