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Is cultural fitness hopelessly confused?

Ramsey, Grant and De Block, Andreas (2015) Is cultural fitness hopelessly confused? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Fitness is a central concept in evolutionary theory. Just as it is central to biological evolution, so, it seems, it should be central to cultural evolutionary theory (CET). But importing the biological fitness concept to CET is no straightforward task—there are many features unique to cultural evolution that make this difficult. This has led some theorists to argue that there are fundamental problems with cultural fitness that render it hopelessly confused. In this essay, we defend the coherency of cultural fitness against those who call it into doubt.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Ramsey, Grantgrant@theramseylab.org
De Block, AndreasAndreas.DeBlock@hiw.kuleuven.be
Keywords: Cultural Evolutionary Theory, Memes, Evolutionary Theory, Natural Selection
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology and Archaeology
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Grant Ramsey
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2015 15:50
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2015 15:50
Item ID: 11702
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology and Archaeology
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Date: 1 October 2015
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11702

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