An evolutionary view of cultural adaptation

Some considerations

Authored by: Patrick Cattrysse

The Routledge Companion To Adaptation

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138915404
eBook ISBN: 9781315690254
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This chapter discusses what has been called the ‘evolutionary view’ 1 on cultural evolution and adaptation. In his study Biological and Cultural Evolution: Similar but Different, Mesoudi (2007: 119) points out that

ever since The Origin of Species, but increasingly in recent years, parallels and analogies have been drawn between biological and cultural evolution, and methods, concepts, and theories that have been developed in evolutionary biology have been used to explain aspects of human cultural change.

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