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The power of culture

Henry Plotkin

in Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780198568308
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198568308.013.0002

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The power of culture

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Mankind's natural place is in culture, and culture is a part of human biology because it is biology that gives humans the ability to enter into culture. For this reason any contrast or opposition that is made between biology and culture, or between genes and culture, or between evolution and culture, is an expression of a wholly wrong conception of the causal structure of the world. Culture is not an entity whose causal force can be placed in a different physical (or metaphysical) realm from the causal forces exerted by genes, or the concatenation of natural selection pressures that have moulded human evolution. The human capacity for culture is a product of evolution and is as natural as having a bipedal gait or an opposable thumb.

Keywords: culture; human; biology; genes; evolution; causal force

Article.  6566 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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