Alex Mesoudi: Studying Cultural Evolution, Migration And Transmission

The Dissenter | 12 September 2019 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alex Mesoudi about his book Cultural Evolution: How Darwinian Theory Can Explain Human Culture and Synthesize the Social Sciences. Discusses the theoretical foundations of cultural evolution; the relationship between culture and biology, and how we can get differences between groups; cultural group selection; issues with traditional social science; integrating lab studies and ethnographic studies; differences and similarities between cultural evolution and modern synthesis genetic evolution; Galton’s problem and how to be sure that the cultures we are studying are independent; migration; and cultural transmission.

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