A science of culture: clarifications and extensions

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Abstract

We are encouraged that the majority of commentators endorse our evolutionary framework for studying culture, and several suggest extensions. Here we clarify our position, dwelling on misunderstandings and requests for exposition. We reiterate that using evolutionary biology as a model for unifying the social sciences within a single synthetic framework can stimulate a more progressive and rigorous science of culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-375
Number of pages18
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

Keywords

  • CHIMPANZEES PAN-TROGLODYTES
  • CHILDREN HOMO-SAPIENS
  • BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION
  • SERIAL REPRODUCTION
  • SOCIAL TRANSMISSION
  • NEURAL MECHANISMS
  • CIVIC CULTURE
  • GENE-TRANSFER
  • TOOL USE
  • IMITATION

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