Category Archives: Cumulative culture

Evolution of Social Learning does not explain the origin of human cumulative culture

Because culture requires transmission of information between individuals, thinking about the origin of culture has mainly focused on the genetic evolution of abilities for social learning. Current theory considers how social learning affects the adaptiveness of a single cultural trait, … Continue reading

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Human Cumulative Cultural Evolution as a Form of Distributed Computation

Cumulative culture is the engine that drives the remarkable power of the global human computer. It enables societies to act as extremely powerful computers by ratcheting up technological and other cultural innovations. Once culture can accumulate, the ability of a … Continue reading

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