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Innovation in Cultural SystemsContributions from Evolutionary Anthropology$
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Michael J. O'Brien and Stephen J. Shennan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013338

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013338.001.0001

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Innovation from EvoDevo to Human Culture

Innovation from EvoDevo to Human Culture

(p.81) 6 Innovation from EvoDevo to Human Culture
Innovation in Cultural Systems

Werner Callebaut

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This chapter contributes to the long-term project of a general theory of innovation through a comparative analysis of the reasons for the neglect of innovation and novelty in diverse fields throughout much of the twentieth century and through a reflection on the various ways in which this bias is being overcome. It explores the three areas in which long-term neglect of innovation has been the rule rather than the exception: evolutionary biology and the hardening of the modern synthesis, neoclassical economics, and logical empiricism and the abandonment of the discovery program. This chapter suggests that EvoDevo biology today appears to be on the most promising track in evolutionary core.

Keywords:   innovation, EvoDevo biology, evolutionary biology, neoclassical economics, logical empiricism, discovery program

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