The role of modularity in stablizing cultural evolution: Conformity and innovation in an agent-based model

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Abstract

In this paper I discuss the role and sources of innovation in generating culture, and also the role of modularity in preserving it. I also discuss the extent to which biological selection can underly cultural evolution and the interaction between these. Finally I present two sets of pilot experiments mostly as 'intuition pumps' to explore the problem of cultural stability and change. The first models the impact of noisy transmission and modularity on cultural stability. The second looks at the impact on a culture if a biologically-adaptive variant of one cultural trait is present.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive Agents in Cultural Contexts - Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium, Technical Report
Pages8-17
Number of pages10
VolumeFS-08-01
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event2008 AAAI Fall Symposium - Arlington, VA, USA United States
Duration: 7 Nov 20089 Nov 2008

Conference

Conference2008 AAAI Fall Symposium
CountryUSA United States
CityArlington, VA
Period7/11/089/11/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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