The Resource Cultural evolution, Kate Distin

Cultural evolution, Kate Distin

Label
Cultural evolution
Title
Cultural evolution
Statement of responsibility
Kate Distin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this book, Kate Distin proposes a theory of cultural evolution and shows how it can help us to understand the origin and development of human culture. Distin introduces the concept that humans share information not only in natural languages, which are spoken or signed, but also in artefactual languages like writing and musical notation, which use media that are made by humans. Languages enable humans to receive and transmit variations in cultural information and resources. In this way, they provide the mechanism for cultural evolution. The human capacity for metarepresentation - thinking about how we think - accelerates cultural evolution, because it frees cultural information from the conceptual limitations of each individual language. Distin shows how the concept of cultural evolution outlined in this book can help us to understand the complexity and diversity of human culture, relating her theory to a range of subjects including economics, linguistics, and developmental biology."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Distin, Kate
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN360
LC item number
.D58 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social evolution
  • Human evolution
  • Culture
  • Communication
  • Language and languages
  • Material culture
  • Social interaction
  • Human beings
  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Human beings
  • Human evolution
  • Language and languages
  • Material culture
  • Social evolution
  • Social interaction
  • Kulturelle Entwicklung
  • Sprache
Label
Cultural evolution, Kate Distin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : "Small consequences of one general law" -- pt. 1. The inheritance of cultural information. What is information? How is information inherited? -- pt. 2. The inheritance of cultural information : natural language. Natural language and culture : the biological building blocks ; How did natural language evolve? ; Language, thought, and culture -- pt. 3. The inheritance of cultural information : artefactual language. How did artefactual language evolve? ; Artefactual language, representation and culture ; Money : an artefactual language ; Money : the explanatory power of artefactual languages -- pt. 4. The receivers of cultural information. How does human diversity affect cultural evolution? -- pt. 5. The expression of cultural information. Aspects of the cultural ecology ; Patterns of cultural taxonomy ; Conclusion : a representational understanding of cultural evolution -- Appendix : What about mimetics?
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 272 p.
Isbn
9780521769013
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2009051653
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)494981608
  • (OCoLC)ocn494981608
Label
Cultural evolution, Kate Distin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : "Small consequences of one general law" -- pt. 1. The inheritance of cultural information. What is information? How is information inherited? -- pt. 2. The inheritance of cultural information : natural language. Natural language and culture : the biological building blocks ; How did natural language evolve? ; Language, thought, and culture -- pt. 3. The inheritance of cultural information : artefactual language. How did artefactual language evolve? ; Artefactual language, representation and culture ; Money : an artefactual language ; Money : the explanatory power of artefactual languages -- pt. 4. The receivers of cultural information. How does human diversity affect cultural evolution? -- pt. 5. The expression of cultural information. Aspects of the cultural ecology ; Patterns of cultural taxonomy ; Conclusion : a representational understanding of cultural evolution -- Appendix : What about mimetics?
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 272 p.
Isbn
9780521769013
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2009051653
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)494981608
  • (OCoLC)ocn494981608

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