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Cultural Evolution

changeRicherson and Boyd have been spokesmen for explaining how culture transformed human evolution. Their book: Not by Genes Alone is the source of the quotations below. The “evolutionary properties of symbolically marked subgroups (tribes, religions, universities, etc) give rise to many problems and conflicts in complex societies.”  However, without the tribal social instincts, we cannot explain why our societies are so different from other primates. The institutions of our complex societies are built on ancient and tribal instincts that have imperfections coming from cultural evolutionary processes.

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