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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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Reproduction and the Scaffolded Development of Hybrids

Reproduction and the Scaffolded Development of Hybrids

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(p.23) 1 Reproduction and the Scaffolded Development of Hybrids
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Developing Scaffolds in Evolution, Culture, and Cognition
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James R. Griesemer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019552.003.0002

The chapter offers an account of “reproducers” in counterpoint to replicator concepts, treating development as entwined with heredity, to make conceptual room for the ongoing empirical revolutions in recent mechanistic studies of inheritance systems beyond the gene. The essay examines the character and status of “hybrids” as a means of exploring the role and nature of “developmental scaffolding” in reproduction processes. These ideas are put to work examining empirical tracking and labeling practices and the conceptual challenges that arise from them in narratives of the molecular hybridization events of HIV-1 retrovirus infection. HIV serves as an instructive exemplar for exploring possible applications of reproducer concepts to cognition and culture.

Keywords:   Reproducer, Developmental Scaffolding, Material Overlap, Hybrid, HIV replication, Tracking, Labeling

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