2019
DOI: 10.31219/osf.io/vjcq3
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Alberto Acerbi, Mathieu Charbonneau, Helena Miton, Thom Scott-Phillips

Abstract: What causes cultural stability? Culture can be studied as an evolving system, and the comparison between biological and cultural evolution has inspired a productive research agenda in which cultural stability is commonly attributed to the existence of mechanisms of high-fidelity cultural transmission. Other researchers have argued that no such copying processes are necessary to explain cultural stability, and that stability can also emerge as a by-product of convergent transformation (in which an item causes t…

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