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  1. The Role of Assessor Teaching in Human Culture.Laureano Castro, Miguel Ángel Castro-Nogueira, Morris Villarroel & Miguel Ángel Toro - forthcoming - Biological Theory:1-10.
    According to the dual inheritance theory, cultural learning in our species is a biased and highly efficient process of transmitting cultural traits. Here we define a model of cultural learning where social learning is integrated as a complementary element that facilitates the discovery of a specific behavior by an apprentice, and not as a mechanism that works in opposition to individual learning. In that context, we propose that the emergence of the ability to approve or disapprove of offspring behavior, orienting (...)
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  2. Cultural Exaptation and Cultural Neural Reuse: A Mechanism for the Emergence of Modern Culture and Behavior.Francesco D’Errico & Ivan Colagè - 2018 - Biological Theory 13 (4):213-227.
    On the basis of recent advancements in both neuroscience and archaeology, we propose a plausible biocultural mechanism at the basis of cultural evolution. The proposed mechanism, which relies on the notions of cultural exaptation and cultural neural reuse, may account for the asynchronous, discontinuous, and patchy emergence of innovations around the globe. Cultural exaptation refers to the reuse of previously devised cultural features for new purposes. Cultural neural reuse refers to cases in which exposure to cultural practices induces the formation, (...)
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  3. Integrative and Separationist Perspectives: Understanding the Causal Role of Cultural Transmission in Human Language Evolution.Francesco Suman - 2018 - Biological Theory 13 (4):246-260.
    Biological evolution and cultural evolution are distinct evolutionary processes; they are apparent also in human language, where both processes contributed in shaping its evolution. However, the nature of the interaction between these two processes is still debated today. It is often claimed that the emergence of modern language was preceded by the evolution of a language-ready brain: the latter is usually intended as a product of biological evolution, while the former is believed to be the consequence of cultural processes. I (...)
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  4. Is God an Adaptation?Hugo Viciana & Pierrick Bourrat - 2011 - Philosophia 39 (2):397-408.
    In this critical notice to Robert Wright’s The Evolution of God, we focus on the question of whether Wright’s God is one which can be said to be an adaptation in a well defined sense. Thus we evaluate the likelihood of different models of adaptive evolution of cultural ideas in their different levels of selection. Our result is an emphasis on the plurality of mechanisms that may lead to adaptation. By way of conclusion we assess epistemologically some of Wright’s more (...)
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  5. Replicate After Reading: On the Extraction and Evocation of Cultural Information.Maarten Boudry - 2018 - Biology and Philosophy 33 (3-4):27.
    Does cultural evolution happen by a process of copying or replication? And how exactly does cultural transmission compare with that paradigmatic case of replication, the copying of DNA in living cells? Theorists of cultural evolution are divided on these issues. The most important objection to the replication model has been leveled by Dan Sperber and his colleagues. Cultural transmission, they argue, is almost always reconstructive and transformative, while strict ‘replication’ can be seen as a rare limiting case at most. By (...)
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  6. Cultural Evolution and the Social Sciences: A Case of Unification?Catherine Driscoll - 2018 - Biology and Philosophy 33 (1-2):7.
    This paper addresses the question of how to understand the relationship between Cultural Evolutionary Science and the social sciences, given that they coexist and both study cultural change. I argue that CES is best understood as having a unificatory or integrative role between evolutionary biology and the social sciences, and that it is best characterized as a bridge field; I describe the concept of a bridge field and how it relates to other non-reductionist accounts of unification or integration used in (...)
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  7. Mating Dances and the Evolution of Language: What’s the Next Step?Cameron Buckner & Keyao Yang - 2017 - Biology and Philosophy 32 (6):1289-1316.
    The Darwinian protolanguage hypothesis is one of the most popular theories of the evolution of human language. According to this hypothesis, language evolved through a three stage process involving general increases in intelligence, the emergence of grammatical structure as a result of sexual selection on protomusical songs, and finally the attachment of meaning to the components of those songs. The strongest evidence for the second stage of this process has been considered to be birdsong, and as a result researchers have (...)
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  8. Did Language Evolve in Multilingual Settings?Nicholas Evans - 2017 - Biology and Philosophy 32 (6):905-933.
    Accounts of language evolution have largely suffered from a monolingual bias, assuming that language evolved in a single isolated community sharing most speech conventions. Rather, evidence from the small-scale societies who form the best simulacra available for ancestral human communities suggests that the combination of small societal scale and out-marriage pushed ancestral human communities to make use of multiple linguistic systems. Evolutionary innovations would have occurred in a number of separate communities, distributing the labor of structural invention between populations, and (...)
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  9. Is Self-Deception an Effective Non-Cooperative Strategy?Eric Funkhouser - 2017 - Biology and Philosophy 32 (2):221-242.
    Robert Trivers has proposed perhaps the only serious adaptationist account of self-deception—that the primary function of self-deception is to better deceive others. But this account covers only a subset of cases and needs further refinement. A better evolutionary account of self-deception and cognitive biases more generally will more rigorously recognize the various ways in which false beliefs affect both the self and others. This article offers formulas for determining the optimal doxastic orientation, giving special consideration to conflicted self-deception as an (...)
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  10. Synergy of Energy and Semiosis: Cooperation Climbs the Tree of Life.Eliseo Fernández - 2016 - Biosemiotics 9 (3):383-397.
    The course of biological evolution is regarded by many authors as an ascending path toward higher levels of variety, complexity and integration. There are similar but partly conflicting accounts of the nature and causes of this ascending course. With the aim of reaching a unified conception I start by summarily reviewing three notable examples. These are, in their latest presentations, those of Hoffmeyer and Stjernfelt 2015, Szathmáry 2015, and Lane 2015a. Comparison of their commonalities and divergences, combined with further reflections, (...)
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  11. Modularity, and the Psychoevolutionary Theory of Emotion.P. E. Griffiths - 1990 - Biology and Philosophy 5 (2):175.
    It is unreasonable to assume that our pre-scientific emotion vocabulary embodies all and only those distinctions required for a scientific psychology of emotion. The psychoevolutionary approach to emotion yields an alternative classification of certain emotion phenomena. The new categories are based on a set of evolved adaptive responses, or affect-programs, which are found in all cultures. The triggering of these responses involves a modular system of stimulus appraisal, whose evoluations may conflict with those of higher-level cognitive processes. Whilst the structure (...)
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  12. Cultural Transmission and Social Control of Human Behavior.Laureano Castro, Luis Castro-Nogueira, Miguel Castro-Nogueira & Miguel Toro - 2010 - Biology and Philosophy 25 (3):347-360.
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  13. The Theory of Mind Module in Evolutionary Psychology.Philip Gerrans - 2002 - Biology and Philosophy 17 (3):305-321.
    The original publication can be found at www.springerlink.com.
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  14. Did Morality First Evolve in Homo Erectus?Rappaport Margaret Boone & S. J. Christopher Corbally - 2016 - Zagadnienia Filozoficzne W Nauce 61:105-131.
    With findings from cognitive science, neuroscience, information science, and paleoanthropology, an anthropologist and astronomer-priest team take a new look at the nature of morality, and suggest parameters that are often very different from the philosophical and theological literatures. They see morality as a biologically-based arbitration mechanism that works along a timeline with a valence of good to bad. It is rational, purposeful, social, and affected by emotion but not dominated by it. The authors examine the age and sex structure, family (...)
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  15. On Co-Evolution.John Rensenbrink - 2016 - Dialogue and Universalism 26 (4):21-24.
    The theory and practice of co-evolution offers a way forward for humanity that goes well beyond the deterministic confines of an outmoded mechanistic science that still inhabits much academic thought and research; and also goes well beyond postdeterministic efforts to exempt the human mind and will from its presumed inexorable embeddedness in the mechanistically perceived life and motions of the body. Coevolution rejects both and goes to the root of the matter regarding nature. It decisively affirms the post-mechanistic understandings of (...)
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  16. Darwinian Natural Right: The Biological Ethics of Human Nature. [REVIEW]Michael Ruse - 2003 - International Studies in Philosophy 35 (4):142-144.
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  17. Rousseau, Evolution, and Liberalism: A Response to Alex Schulman's 'Evolution's Republic'.L. Arnhart - 2014 - Social Science Information 53 (4):545-546.
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  18. Sources of Cooperation in Animals and Man.J. H. Crook - 1970 - Social Science Information 9 (1):27-48.
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  19. On the Evolution of Human Language.G. McBride - 1968 - Social Science Information 7 (5):81-85.
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  20. Sexual Selection and Human Behaviour.W. Rommel - 2002 - Social Science Information 41 (3):439-465.
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  21. The Emergence of Reciprocal Altruism and Group-Living: An Object-Oriented Simulation Model of Human Social Evolution.H. de Vos & E. Zeggelink - 1994 - Social Science Information 33 (3):493-517.
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  22. Mind Viruses: Culture, Evolution and the Puzzle of Altruism.O. R. Goodenough - 1995 - Social Science Information 34 (2):287-320.
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  23. Expanding Evolutionary Psychology: Toward a Better Understanding of Violence and Aggression.I. Mysterud & D. V. Poleszynski - 2003 - Social Science Information 42 (1):5-50.
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  24. L’Evolution du Marche.Robert Sugden - 1990 - Journal de Economistes Et des Etudes Humaines 1 (1):190-192.
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  25. Selbstbestimmte Evolution?Trutz Rendtorff - 1999 - Zeitschrift Für Evangelische Ethik 43 (1):81-84.
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  26. Human Evolutionary Model.O. Montiel, O. Castillo, P. Melin, A. Rodríguez-Díaz & R. Sepulveda - 2005 - Journal of Intelligent Systems 14 (2-3):213-236.
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  27. On Human Nature: Evolution, Diversity, Psychology, Ethics, Politics and Religion.Tibayrenc M. & Ayala F. J. (eds.) - 2016 - Academic Press.
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  28. Cultural-Biology: Systemic Consequences of Our Evolutionary Natural Drift as Molecular Autopoietic Systems.R. Humberto Maturana, Ximena Dávila Yáñez & Simón Ramírez Muñoz - 2016 - Foundations of Science 21 (4):631-678.
    Our purpose in this essay is to introduce new concepts in a wide and recursive view of the systemic consequences of the following biological facts that I and we have presented that can be resumed as: that as living systems we human beings are molecular autopoietic system; that living systems live only as long as they find themselves in a medium that provides them with all the conditions that make the realization of their living possible, that is, in the continuous (...)
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  29. From Hominid to Human The Role of Human Wisdom and Distinctiveness in the Evolution of Modern Humans.Marc Kissel & Agustín Fuentes - 2016 - Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 3 (2):217-244.
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  30. L'Exigence Idealiste Et Le Fait de L'Evolution.Edmund Noble & Edouard Le Roy - 1929 - Philosophical Review 38 (4):413.
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  31. Concepts and Methods in Evolutionary Biology.Barbara L. Horan & Robert Brandon - 1998 - Philosophical Review 107 (3):483.
  32. La Règle de la Communauté de Qumr'n. Son Évolution LittéraireLa Regle de la Communaute de Qumran. Son Evolution Litteraire.Leonard Greenspoon & J. Pouilly - 1979 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 99 (3):478.
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  33. Righteous Rāma. The Evolution of an EpicRighteous Rama. The Evolution of an Epic.Barton von Nooten & J. L. Brockington - 1987 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 107 (1):197.
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  34. Evolution of Malayalam.Leigh Lisker & Anantaramayyar Chandra Sekhar - 1954 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 74 (4):274.
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  35. Le Bayon d'Angkor Et l'Evolution de l'Art Khmer.Ananda K. Coomaraswamy & Philippe Stern - 1929 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 49:330.
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  36. Why We Reason: Intention-Alignment and the Genesis of Human Rationality.Andy Norman - 2016 - Biology and Philosophy 31 (5):685-704.
    Why do humans reason? Many animals draw inferences, but reasoning—the tendency to produce and respond to reason-giving performances—is biologically unusual, and demands evolutionary explanation. Mercier and Sperber advance our understanding of reason’s adaptive function with their argumentative theory of reason. On this account, the “function of reason is argumentative… to devise and evaluate arguments intended to persuade.” ATR, they argue, helps to explain several well-known cognitive biases. In this paper, I develop a neighboring hypothesis called the intention alignment model and (...)
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  37. Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology. Volume 3.R. Kliman (ed.) - 2016 - Academic Press.
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  38. Normes Logiques Et Évolution.Pascal Engel - 1997 - Revue Internationale de Philosophie.
    A number of writers have attempted, since Mach, Boltzman and the psychologists of the end of the XIXth century, to give an evolutionary account of logical norms. Husserl famously argued that this account fails, for it is circular. I examine here some recent accounts, based on evolutionary psychology and game theory, in particular those of Gibbard, Millikan and Cosmides-Tooby. I argue that they suffer for similar circularities, although an evolutionary account of the cognitive mecanisms which underlie logical norms is feasible.
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  39. Essay Review: Darwinian Structures: Darwinism and Divinity: Essays on Evolution and Religious Belief.Michael Shortland - 1987 - History of Science 25 (2):195-213.
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  40. Is Capitalism in Our Genes? Competition, Cooperation and the Idea of Homo Oeconomicus From an Evolutionary Perspective.Mariagrazia Portera - 2016 - Filozofija I Društvo 27 (1):119-130.
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  41. What Is Evolutionary Altruism?Elliott Sober - 1988 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 18 (sup1):75-99.
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  42. Beyond the Basics: The Evolution and Development of Human Emotions.Robyn Bluhm - 2006 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (sup1):73-94.
  43. Evolution and the Human Mind: How Far Can We Go?Henry Plotkin - 2001 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 49:267-275.
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  44. Risky Business.Armin W. Schulz - 2008 - Journal of Philosophy 105 (3):156-165.
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  45. Rational Choice, Risk Aversion, And Evolution.Samir Okasha - 2007 - Journal of Philosophy 104 (5):217-235.
  46. The Evolution of Human Altruism.Philip Kitcher - 1993 - Journal of Philosophy 90 (10):497.
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  47. Altruism's Evolution.Michael J. Reiss - 1988 - New Blackfriars 69 (817):280-289.
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  48. III.—Purpose and Evolution.Arthur Lynch - 1913 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 13 (1):66-91.
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  49. Linnda R. Caporael, James R. Griesemer, and William C. Wimsatt : Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition. [REVIEW]Joseph D. Martin - 2014 - Acta Biotheoretica 62 (4):531-535.
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  50. Kim Sterelny: The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique.Markus Wild - 2014 - Acta Biotheoretica 62 (2):235-240.
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