Human creativity, cultural evolution, and niche construction

Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Impact Factor: 20.77). 02/2000; 23(1):159-160. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X00382413


Cultural evolution may be even more prolific in the generation of new forms than is biological evolution – especially when it takes the form of creative genius. Yet evolutionary theories have tended to overlook the factors that might select for outstanding individual creativity. A recent dual-inheritance theory is outlined and then integrated with the niche-construction theory of Laland et al.

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