A Coevolutionary Circuit Model for Cultural and Biological Evolution

  • Nils Chr. Stenseth
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 257)


The Darwinian theory of biological evolution explains the diversity of all living organisms; this theory says that existing organisms have evolved as a result of natural selection says that existing organisms have evolved as a result of natural selection from earlier existing organisms. However,there is no similar theory which explains cultural history. That is, we have no theory which ties together available sociological, historical and anthropological data: there seems to be no theory that accounts for the development of culture in all its historical and spatial richness that is acceptable. Even Marxist historical materialism — which indeed claims universal applicability — can, by its very nature, offer only the broadest outlines in the way of explanations.


Natural Selection Biological Evolution Cultural Evolution Biological Change Cultural Transmission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nils Chr. Stenseth
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  1. 1.Department of Biology, Division of ZoologyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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