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Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion

edited by Peter J. Richerson and Morten H. Christiansen

Published by MIT Press Hardcover ISBN: 9780262019750 eBook  ISBN: 9780262318280

1 -  Introduction - PDF

Peter J. Richerson and Morten H. Christiansen

Structure of Human Groups

2 - Zoon Politicon: The Evolutionary Roots of Human Sociopolitical Systems - PDF

Herbert Gintis and Carel van Schaik

3 - Human Cooperation among Kin and Close Associates May Require Enforcement of Norms by Third Parties - PDF

Sarah Mathew, Robert Boyd, and Matthijs Van Veelen

4 - The Puzzle of Human Ultrasociality: How Did Large-Scale Complex Societies Evolve? - PDF

Peter Turchin

5 - Like Me: A Homophily-Based Account of Human Culture - PDF

Daniel B. M. Haun and Harriet Over

6 - Cultural Evolution of the Structure of Human Groups - PDF

Fiona M. Jordan, Carel van Schaik, Pieter François, Herbert Gintis, Daniel B. M. Haun, Daniel J. Hruschka, Marco A. Janssen, James A. Kitts, Laurent Lehmann, Sarah Mathew, Peter J. Richerson, Peter Turchin, and Polly Wiessner

Technology and Science

7 - The Cultural Evolution of Technology: Facts and Theories - PDF

Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson, and Joseph Henrich

8 - Long-Term Trajectories of Technological Change - PDF

Stephen Shennan

9 - Neuroscience of Technology - PDF

Dietrich Stout

10 - Scientific Method as Cultural Innovation - PDF

Robert N. McCauley

11 - The Cultural Evolution of Technology and Science - PDF

Alex Mesoudi, Kevin N. Laland, Robert Boyd, Briggs Buchanan, Emma Flynn, Robert N. McCauley, Jürgen Renn, Victoria Reyes-García, Stephen Shennan, Dietrich Stout, and Claudio Tennie


12 - The Interplay of Genetic and Cultural Factors in Ongoing Language Evolution - PDF

Stephen C. Levinson and Dan Dediu

13 - Language Diversity as a Resource for Understanding Cultural Evolution - PDF

Nicholas Evans

14 - Language Acquisition as a Cultural Process - PDF

Elena Lieven

15 - Phylogenetic Models of Language Change: Three New Questions - PDF

Russell D. Gray, Simon J. Greenhill, and Quentin D. Atkinson

16 - Cultural Evolution of Language - PDF

Dan Dediu,Michael Cysouw, Stephen C. Levinson, Andrea Baronchelli, Morten H. Christiansen, William Croft, Nicholas Evans, Simon Garrod, Russell D. Gray, Anne Kandler, and Elena Lieven


17 - The Evolution of Prosocial Religions - PDF

Edward Slingerland, Joseph Henrich, and Ara Norenzayan

18 - Rethinking Proximate Causation and Development in Religious Evolution - PDF

Harvey Whitehouse

19 - Religious Prosociality: A Synthesis - PDF

Ara Norenzayan, Joseph Henrich, and Edward Slingerland

20 - The Cultural Evolution of Religion - PDF

Joseph Bulbulia, Armin W. Geertz, Quentin D. Atkinson, Emma Cohen, Nicholas Evans, Pieter François, Herbert Gintis, Russell D. Gray, Joseph Henrich, Fiona M. Jordon, Ara Norenzayan, Peter J. Richerson, Edward Slingerland, Peter Turchin, Harvey Whitehouse, Thomas Widlok, and David S. Wilson

21 - Appendix: Developmental Issues - PDF

Elena Lieven

Bibliography - PDF