The volume as a whole shows that sensitivity of scaffolding phenomena to time and size scales affects judgments about the scope of models and prospects for the general applicability of evolutionary models across the full range from culture to cognition to biology. The first part canvassed the perspectives of the co-editors to present a broad interpretive reach across cross-linking themes, scales and theoretical perspectives that emerge from the individual chapters: contrasting roles of common knowledge, conventions, and institutions, on the one hand, and differentially distributed knowledge, novelties, innovations, and organizations on the other. Subsequent parts and individual chapters reveal, access, and classify a range of forms of scaffolding, drawing on case studies, models and empirical phenomena across social, cultural, cognitive, and biological specialties. The epilogue attempts to summarize ideas and perspectives in a way that will be productive for the formulation of new research strategies and agendas, and we begin to identify some classification and diagnostic tools that may serve to move from this conceptual phase of investigation to theoretical modelling and empirical research on developing scaffolds.
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