Perspectives on Cultural Evolution

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organized by Daniel Dennett (Tufts University)

The aim of this working group will be to clarify and, if possible, unify the different approaches to an evolutionary account of cultural change that have recently been articulated . These include, but are not limited to, the memetics approach defended by Dennett and Blackmore, the dual pathway approach of Boyd, Henrich, Richerson, and others, and the cultural attractor approach of Sperber and his colleagues, for instance. Recent rapprochements suggest that further harmony can be achieved by a small working group of the principle investigators.