Abrantes, Paulo (2011) Culture and Transitions in Individuality. In: UNSPECIFIED.
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Some "major" evolutionary transitions have been described as transitions in individuality. In this depiction, natural selection might bring about new kinds of individuals, whose evolutionary dynamics takes place in a novel way. Using a categorization proposed by Godfrey-Smith (2009), this transition is fully accomplished when a new "paradigmatic" Darwinian population emerges. In this paper I investigate whether at some point in the evolution in the hominin lineage a transition of this kind might have happened, by assuming some of the theses of dual inheritance theory, especially about the role played by a conformist bias. I argue that Godfrey-Smith misses in his book a scenario in which conformism is one of the preconditions for a transition towards a Darwinian population of cultural groups.
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|Additional Information:||Published in: Dutra, L. H.; Meyer Luz, A. (orgs.), Temas de Filosofia do Conhecimento. Coleção Rumos da Epistemologia, v. 11. Florianópolis: NEL/UFSC, 2011, p. 395- 408.|
|Keywords:||transitions in individuality, cultural evolution, cultural groups, darwinian populations, dual inheritance theory|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
|Depositing User:||Dr. Paulo Abrantes|
|Date Deposited:||07 Jun 2012 12:47|
|Last Modified:||07 Jun 2012 12:47|
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