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The evolution of culture (or the lack thereof): mapping the conceptual space

Gadagkar, Raghavendra (2017) The evolution of culture (or the lack thereof): mapping the conceptual space. In: JOURNAL OF GENETICS, 96 (3). pp. 513-516.

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Abstract

This short essay is based on a lecture that I gave at short notice on a subject in which I am by no means an expert. The combination of lack of expertise and time for preparation, created an unexpectedly unique opportunity for thinking outside the box. I decided not to try to read up (as there was no time in any case) but instead to organize the little that I already knew about cultural evolution in a systematic schema-I attempted to create a scaffolding, on which I could hang everything I knew about cultural evolution, and hopefully, everything I might ever discover about cultural evolution in the future. I considered three dimensions of the study of cultural evolution, namely (i) the phenomenon of cultural evolution, (ii) production of knowledge in the field of cultural evolution, and (iii) the consequences or applications of an understanding of the evolution of culture.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, C V RAMAN AVENUE, SADASHIVANAGAR, P B #8005, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Division of Interdisciplinary Research > Centre for Contemporary Studies
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Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2017 10:15
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 10:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/57731

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