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The Innate Mind Volume 2: Culture and Cognition$
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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.001.0001

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Steps toward an Evolutionary Psychology of a Culture‐Dependent Specie s

Steps toward an Evolutionary Psychology of a Culture‐Dependent Specie s

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(p.61) 4 Steps toward an Evolutionary Psychology of a Culture‐Dependent Species
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Daniel M. T. Fessler (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.003.0004

Socially-transmitted information allows humans to survive in diverse social and ecological systems, a pattern that is as old as — and perhaps even predates — our species. This suggests that natural selection can be expected to have shaped the human mind to enhance the ability to acquire and exploit such information. After reviewing existing approaches to the question, this chapter argues for a dissection of the cognitive and motivational architectures underlying this ability. Key questions addressed include how models for imitative learning are selected; the ultimate benefits of conformism, normative moralization, and moral outrage; and the nature and function of internalization.

Keywords:   culture, admiration, social systems, ecological systems, natural selection, cognitive architecture, conformism, normative moralization, internalization

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