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  1. Matteo Mameli & Kim Sterelny, Cultural Evolution.
    Cultural traits are those phenotypic traits whose development depends on social learning. These include practices, skills, beliefs, desires, values, and artefacts. The distribution of cultural traits in the human species changes over time. But this is not enough to show that culture evolves. That depends on the mechanisms of change. In the cultural realm, one can often observe something similar to biology’s ‘descent with modification’: cultural traits are sometimes modified, their modifications are sometimes retained and passed on to others through (...)
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  2. Kim Sterelny, Review Genes, Memes and Human History.
    Archaeology, of all the human sciences, can dodge this problem the least, and the great virtue of Shennan’s Genes, Memes and Human History is that he confronts it directly. For though humans are now both cultural and ecological beings, it was not always so. Once our hominid ancestors had a social organisation and a material culture roughly equivalent to that of today’s chimpanzees. Chimps are not encultured in the sense that we are encultured: their social life and their ecology does (...)
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  3. Kim Sterelny, Symbiosis, Evolvability and Modularity.
    This paper explores the connections between inheritance systems, evolvability and modularity. I argue that the transmission of symbiotic micro-organisms is an inheritance system, and one that is evolutionarily significant because symbionts generate biologically crucial aspects of their hosts’ organisation through modular developmental pathways. More specifically, I develop and defend five theses.
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  4. Kim Sterelny (forthcoming). Cooperation, Culture, and Conflict. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science:axu024.
    In this article I develop a big picture of the evolution of human cooperation, and contrast it to an alternative based on group selection. The crucial claim is that hominin history has seen two major transitions in cooperation, and hence poses two deep puzzles about the origins and stability of cooperation. The first is the transition from great ape social lives to the lives of Pleistocene cooperative foragers; the second is the stability of the social contract through the early Holocene (...)
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  5. Kim Sterelny (forthcoming). Review of Darwinism Evolving: System Dynamics and the Genealogy of Natural Selection. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.
     
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  6. Kim Sterelny (2014). A Paleolithic Reciprocation Crisis: Symbols, Signals, and Norms. Biological Theory 9 (1):65-77.
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  7. Kim Sterelny & Peter Hiscock (2014). Symbols, Signals, and the Archaeological Record. Biological Theory 9 (1):1-3.
  8. Massimo Pigliucci, Kim Sterelny & Werner Callebaut (2013). The Meaning of “Theory” in Biology. Biological Theory 7 (4):285-286.
  9. Kim Sterelny (2013). Cooperation in a Complex World: The Role of Proximate Factors in Ultimate Explanations. [REVIEW] Biological Theory 7 (4):358-367.
    Mayr’s distinction between proximate and ultimate explanation is justly famous, marking out a division of explanatory labor in biology. But while it is a useful heuristic in many cases, there are others in which proximate factors play an important role in shaping evolutionary trajectories, and in such cases, each project is sensitive to, and relevant to, the other. This general methodological claim is developed in the context of a discussion of human cooperation, and in particular, in a discussion on the (...)
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  10. Kim Sterelny (2013). 4 Life in Interesting Times: Cooperation and Collective Action In. In Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott & Ben Fraser (eds.), Cooperation and its Evolution. Mit Press. 89.
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  11. Kim Sterelny (2013). Life in Interesting Times: Cooperation and Collective Action in the Holocene. In Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott & Ben Fraser (eds.), Cooperation and its Evolution. MIT Press.
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  12. Kim Sterelny (2013). The Evolved Apprentice Model: Scope and Limits. [REVIEW] Biological Theory 8 (1):37-43.
    Downes, Gerrans, and Sutton all raise important issues for the account of human social learning and cooperation developed in The Evolved Apprentice. Downes suggests that I have bought too uncritically into the view that hunting was economically critical to forager life; I remain unpersuaded, while conceding something to the alternative view that hunting was signaling. Downes also suggests that I consider extending the evolved apprentice model to contemporary issues in social epistemology; I wonder whether that might make the model so (...)
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  13. Kim Sterelny, Richard Joyce, Brett Calcott & Ben Fraser (eds.) (2013). Cooperation and its Evolution. MIT Press.
    This collection reports on the latest research on an increasingly pivotal issue for evolutionary biology: cooperation. The chapters are written from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and utilize research tools that range from empirical survey to conceptual modeling, reflecting the rich diversity of work in the field. They explore a wide taxonomic range, concentrating on bacteria, social insects, and, especially, humans. -/- Part I (“Agents and Environments”) investigates the connections of social cooperation in social organizations to the conditions that make (...)
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  14. Kim Sterelny (2012). A Glass Half-Full: Brian Skyrms's Signals. Economics and Philosophy 28 (1):73-86.
    Review Articles Kim Sterelny, Economics and Philosophy , FirstView Article.
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  15. Brett Calcott & Kim Sterelny (2011). Iiicomplexity and the Developmental Cycle. In Brett Calcott & Kim Sterelny (eds.), The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited. Mit Press.
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  16. Brett Calcott & Kim Sterelny (eds.) (2011). The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited. MIT Press.
    Drawing on recent advances in evolutionary biology, prominent scholars return to the question posed in a pathbreaking book: how evolution itself evolved.
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  17. Brett Calcottt & Kim Sterelny (2011). Introduction: A Dynamic View of Evolution. In Brett Calcott & Kim Sterelny (eds.), The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited. Mit Press. 1--14.
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  18. Kim Sterelny (2011). Civilizing Cooperation: Paul Seabright and the Company of Strangers. Biological Theory 6 (2):120-126.
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  19. Kim Sterelny (2011). Darwinian Spaces: Peter Godfrey-Smith on Selection and Evolution. Biology and Philosophy 26 (4):489-500.
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  20. Kim Sterelny (2011). Evolvability Reconsidered. In Brett Calcott & Kim Sterelny (eds.), The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited. Mit Press. 83--100.
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  21. Kim Sterelny (2010). Editorial: David Hull 1935–2010. Biology and Philosophy 25 (5):737-737.
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  22. Kim Sterelny (2010). Minds: Extended or Scaffolded? [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (4):465-481.
    This paper discusses two perspectives, each of which recognises the importance of environmental resources in enhancing and amplifying our cognitive capacity. One is the Clark–Chalmers model, extended further by Clark and others. The other derives from niche construction models of evolution, models which emphasise the role of active agency in enhancing the adaptive fit between agent and world. In the human case, much niche construction is epistemic: making cognitive tools and assembling other informational resources that support and scaffold intelligent action. (...)
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  23. Kim Sterelny (2010). Moral Nativism: A Sceptical Response. Mind and Language 25 (3):279-297.
    In the last few years, nativist, modular views of moral cognition have been influential. This paper shares the view that normative cognition develops robustly, and is probably an adaptation. But it develops an alternative view of the developmental basis of moral cognition, based on the idea that adults scaffold moral development by organising the learning environment of the next generation. In addition, I argue that the modular nativist picture has no plausible account of the role of explicit moral judgement, and (...)
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  24. Kim Sterelny & Ben Jeffares (2010). Rational Agency in Evolutionary Perspective. In Timothy O'Connor & Constantine Sandis (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Action. Wiley-Blackwell.
  25. Frank Jackson, Jesse J. Prinz, Ernest Sosa & Kim Sterelny (2009). Viii Notes on Contributors Alvin Goldman is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His Principal Research Areas Are Episte-Mology, Philosophy of Mind, and Cognitive Science. His Most Recent Book is Simulating Minds (2006). [REVIEW] In Michael Bishop & Dominic Murphy (eds.), Stich and His Critics. Blackwell.
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  26. James Maclaurin & Kim Sterelny (2008). What is Biodiversity? University of Chicago Press.
    What Is Biodiversity? is a theoretical and conceptual exploration of the biological world and how diversity is valued. Maclaurin and Sterelny explore not only the origins of the concept of biodiversity, but also how that concept has been shaped by ecology and more recently by conservation biology. They explain the different types of biodiversity important in evolutionary theory, developmental biology, ecology, morphology and taxonomy and conclude that biological heritage is rich in not just one biodiversity but many. Maclaurin and Sterelny (...)
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  27. Peter Godfrey-Smith & Kim Sterelny (2007). Biological Information. In Thaddeus Metz (ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  28. K. Sterelny (2007). Guest Editorial: Rethinking Inheritance. Biological Theory 2 (3).
     
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  29. K. Sterelny (2007). The Peculiar Primate. In Mohan Matthen & Christopher Stephens (eds.), Philosophy of Biology. Elsevier.
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  30. Kim Sterelny (2007). SNAFUS: An Evolutionary Perspective. Biological Theory 2 (3):317-328.
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  31. Kim Sterelny (2007). Macroevolution, Minimalism, and the Radiation of the Animals. In David L. Hull & Michael Ruse (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology. Cambridge University Press.
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  32. Kim Sterelny (2007). Social Intelligence, Human Intelligence and Niche Construction. In Nathan Emery, Nicola Clayton & Chris Frith (eds.), Social Intelligence: From Brain to Culture. Oup Oxford.
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  33. Edward Erwin, Meir Hemmo, Orly Shenker, Jesús P. Zamora Bonilla, Jeremy Simon & Kim Sterelny (2006). 1. David J. Buller: Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature, David J. Buller: Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature, (Pp. 232-246). [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 73 (2).
     
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  34. Kim Sterelny (2006). Local Ecological Communities. Philosophy of Science 73 (2):215-231.
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  35. Kim Sterelny (2006). Folk Logic and Animal Rationality. In Susan L. Hurley & Matthew Nudds (eds.), Rational Animals? Oup.
    It is indeed important to identify the rich variety of systems for the adaptive control of behaviour, rather than squeezing this richness into a few boxes. We need to recognise both the variety of systems for the cognitive control of adaptive behaviour and to chart the relationships between such systems. But I shall argue that these projects are not best pursued by asking about the extent of animal rationality. The argument develops in three stages. The first outlines a picture of (...)
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  36. Kim Sterelny (2006). Memes Revisited. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 57 (1):145-165.
    In this paper, I argue that the adaptive fit between human cultures and their environment is persuasive evidence that some form of evolutionary mechanism has been important in driving human cultural change. I distinguish three mechanisms of cultural evolution: niche construction leading to cultural group selection; the vertical flow of cultural information from parents to their children, and the replication and spread of memes. I further argue that both cultural group selection and the vertical flow of cultural information have been (...)
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  37. Kim Sterelny (2006). The Evolution and Evolvability of Culture. Mind and Language 21 (2):137-165.
    Joseph Henrich and Richard McElreath begin their survey of theories of cultural evolution with a striking historical example. They contrast the fate of the Bourke and Wills expedition — an attempt to explore some of the arid areas of inland Australia — with the routine survival of the local aboriginals in exactly the same area. That expedition ended in failure and death, despite the fact that it was well equipped, and despite the fact that those on the expedition were tough (...)
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  38. Kim Sterelny (2005). Another View of Life. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 36 (3):585-593.
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  39. Kim Sterelny (2005). Cognitive Load and Human Decision. In Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence & Stephen Stich (eds.), The Innate Mind: Structure and Content. Oup.
  40. Kim Sterelny (2005). Made by Each Other: Organisms and Their Environment. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 20 (1):21-36.
    The standard picture of evolution, is externalist: a causal arrow runs from environment to organism, and that arrow explains why organisms are as they are (Godfrey-Smith 1996). Natural selection allows a lineage to accommodate itself to the specifics of its environment. As the interior of Australia became hotter and drier, phenotypes changed in many lineages of plants and animals, so that those organisms came to suit the new conditions under which they lived. Odling-Smee, Laland and Feldman, building on the work (...)
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  41. K. Sterelny (2004). Po-Bo Man? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 35 (4):729-741.
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  42. Kim Sterelny (2004). Externalism, Epistemic Artefacts and the Extended Mind. In Richard Schantz (ed.), The Externalist Challenge. De Gruyter. 239--254.
    A common picture of evolution by natural selection sees it as a process through which organisms change so that they become better adapted to their environment. However, agents do not merely respond to the challenges their environments pose. They modify their environments, filtering and transforming the action of the environment on their bodies A beaver, in making a dam, engineers a stream, increasing both the size of its safe refuge and reducing its seasonal variability. Beavers, like many other animals, are (...)
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  43. Kim Sterelny (2004). Genes, Memes and Human History. By Stephen Shennan London: Thames and Hudson, 2002, Pp. 304. Mind and Language 19 (2):249–257.
  44. Kim Sterelny (2004). Genes, Memes and Human History. Mind and Language 19 (2):249-257.
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  45. Kim Sterelny (2004). Language, Modularity, and Evolution. In David Papineau & Graham MacDonald (eds.), Teleosemantics: New Philosophical Essays. Oup. 23.
    Language is at the core of the cognitive revolution that has transformed that discipline over the last forty years or so, and it is also the central paradigm for the most prominent attempt to synthesise psychology and evolutionary theory. A single and distinctively modular view of language has emerged out of both these perspectives, one that encourages a certain idealisation. Linguistic competence is uniform, independent of other cognitive capacities, and with a developmental trajectory that is largely independent of environmental input (...)
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  46. Kim Sterelny (2004). Never Apologize, Always Explain. BioScience 54 (5):460.
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  47. Kim Sterelny (2004). Po-Bo Man? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 35 (4):729-741.
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  48. Kim Sterelny (2004). Philosophy of Mental Representation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (2):351 – 353.
    Book Information Philosophy of Mental Representation. Philosophy of Mental Representation Hugh Clapin , ed., Oxford: Clarendon Press , 2002 , xv + 332 , £40 ( cloth ), £18.99 ( paper ) Edited by Hugh Clapin . Oxford: Clarendon Press. Pp. xv + 332. £40.
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  49. Kim Sterelny (2004). Reply to Papineau and Stich (Critical Discussion of Kim Sterelny, Thought in a Hostile World: The Evolution of Human Cognition, 2003). Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (3):512-522.
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  50. Kim Sterelny (2004). Reply to Papineau and Stich. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 82 (3):512 – 522.
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