Models of Cultural and Genetic Change

  • John Maynard Smith


The topic of human cultural evolution has been something of a scientific no-man’s land since the reaction, early in the century, against the canards of Social Darwinism. Most social scientists, and especially British social anthropologists, have turned their backs on it. If pressed, many of them would argue that there is not much of a topic there: there are only social changes and cultural differences which have little evolutionary’ character and are superimposed on an ‘open’ human genotype. With the recent revival of scholarly interest in Marx, other social scientists have embraced a Marxian scheme of social evolution.


Human Nature Genetic Change Cultural Evolution Cultural Effect Cultural Transmission 


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© John Maynard Smith 1988

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