Title

Culture in the world shapes culture in the head (and vice versa)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-12-2019

Journal

The Behavioral and brain sciences

Volume

42

First Page

e172

URL with Digital Object Identifier

10.1017/S0140525X19001079

Abstract

We agree with Heyes that an explanation of human uniqueness must appeal to cultural evolution, and not just genes. Her account, though, focuses narrowly on internal cognitive mechanisms. This causes her to mischaracterize human behavior and to overlook the role of material culture. A more powerful account would view cognitive gadgets as spanning organisms and their (shared) environments.

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