Comment on 'An Evolutionary Framework for Cultural Change: Selectionism versus Communal Exchange'Physics of Life Reviews (2013)
Commentary on Liane Gabora, An evolutionary framework for cultural change: Selectionism versus communal exchange, Physics of Life Reviews, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2013, Pages 117-145.
It has long been recognized that the appearance of complex culture is an evolutionary transition on par with such developments as molecular coding, the cell wall, multicellularity and sexual reproduction, resulting in “qualitatively new system properties”, and that cultural origins and change must be understood in evolutionary terms. Gaboraʼs paper convincingly argues, however, that a selectionist paradigm modeling such cultural evolution (even in post-Social Darwinism models) has been overly-reductionist and linear, resulting in philosophical rejection by those concerned with human agency and creativity, and empirical confusion among practitioners of this approach.
Publication DateJune, 2013
Citation InformationSmith, C. (2013). Comment on 'An Evolutionary Framework for Cultural Change: Selectionism versus Communal Exchange'. Physics of Life Reviews Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 156–157.