Cecilia Heyes – Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking

The Nature & Nurture Podcast | 5 May 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Cecilia Heyes about her book Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking. Discusses her background in animal research, the nature versus nurture debate, culture as an evolutionary process, and various “cognitive gadgets” such as literacy and imitation, which Heyes argues are not biologically programmed, but culturally evolved feats of cognition.

I was nudged to return to this by Robin Hanson’s glowing praise. See also the Brain Science with Ginger Campbell episode and other episodes on cultural evolution.

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