In Search of the Watchmaker

Attribution of Agency in Natural and Cultural Selection
  • Paul Graves-Brown
Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)


Recognition of the relationship between natural selection and cultural change has a longer history than most people think (Costall 1991). Charles Darwin and many of his contemporaries were well aware of the analogy between change in artifact form and natural processes of change in living things. Yet, despite this considerable history of study, recent attempts to apply Darwinian theory to human culture have failed to confront problems faced by Darwin himself.


Natural Selection Group Selection Human Culture Cultural Transmission Cultural Selection 
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  • Paul Graves-Brown
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of SouthamptonHighfield, SouthamptonUK

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