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Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition$
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Linnda R. Caporael, James R. Griesemer, and William C. Wimsatt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019552

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019552.001.0001

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Technological Scaffoldings for the Evolution of Culture and Cognition

Technological Scaffoldings for the Evolution of Culture and Cognition

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(p.249) 11 Technological Scaffoldings for the Evolution of Culture and Cognition
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Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition
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Sergio F. Martínez

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019552.003.0012

Models of cultural evolution are often grounded on analogies to models of organic evolution. In this chapter I suggest a way of thinking about models of cultural evolution that do not rely on such analogies. Models of cultural evolution can be understood as modeling cognitive processes embodied in the evolution of artifacts. In this way technologies of cognition scaffold both the stability of culture and the sources of cultural innovation.

Keywords:   cultural evolution, material culture, technology of cognition, cognitive scaffold, heuristic structure

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