Three Connected Problems in Theories of Cultural Evolution: population structure, development, and technology
William C. Wimsatt (University of Minnesota)

November 13, 2018, 7:00am - 8:30am
Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

1117 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 15260
United States

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Abstract: Traditional theories of population genetics (pace Sewall Wright) accepted panmixia, ignoring population structure. They have since incorporated it, increasing their applicability and power. For cultural evolution, moves to incorporate population structure have come only lately. But the nature of cultural inheritance and the resultant possibilities for cultural differentiation enormously expand the varieties and importance of population structure, including the impact of development, social organizations and institutions, and technology. Ignoring them seriously distorts processes of cultural evolution.

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