Genomics, Human History, and Cooperation

in Darwinian Reductionism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226727295
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226727318 | DOI:
Genomics, Human History, and Cooperation

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This chapter offers a glimpse into what taking gene-sequence data seriously can show us about the nature and history of one particular terrestrial lineage, Homo sapiens. It reports on the light that gene-sequence data can shed on cultural evolution, a process which no responsible reductionist supposes to be a matter of genetically encoded inheritance. If it turns out that culture holds our genes on a leash (instead of the reverse), then at least some twitches on the leash will show up in gene-sequence changes over time. And this record of human affairs recorded in the genes is just what the chapter reports.

Keywords: gene-sequence data; Homo sapiens; cultural evolution; genes; genomics

Chapter.  9460 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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