Genome-Culture Coevolution

Genome-Culture Coevolution

  • Evans Boney added an answer:
    Why doesn't cultural inheritance independently effect gene frequencies?
    Feldman and Zhivotovsky's phenogenotype work showed the possibility that culture could independently affect phenotypes. Why not study inherited culture as it relates to genetic inheritance (as a more comprehensive theory would not necessarily be missing the missing heritability, for instance)?

    I just worry your ceding the important distinction (ultimate vs proximal) to all things genetic as "ultimate". Chronological order does not imply ontological priority, does it?

    Why do we consider the inheritance of culture as a different process than the inheritance of genes? Do genes and ideas not both live in me, reproduce in me, and effect me and each other? Seems to me the influence of the environmentalism debate that most needs to be shoved out: culture is within us as much as it is around us in our niche.
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      ABSTRACT: In this essay I consider how biologists understand ‘causation’ and ‘evolutionary process’, drawing attention to some idiosyncrasies in the use of these terms. I suggest that research within the evolutionary sciences has been channeled in certain directions and not others by scientific conventions, many of which have now become counterproductive. These include the views (i) that evolutionary processes are restricted to those phenomena that directly change gene frequencies, (ii) that understanding the causes of both ecological change and ontogeny is beyond the remit of evolutionary biology, and (iii) that biological causation can be understood by a dichotomous proximate–ultimate distinction, with developmental processes perceived as solely relevant to proximate causation. I argue that the notion of evolutionary process needs to be broadened to accommodate phenomena such as developmental bias and niche construction that bias the course of evolution, but do not directly change gene frequencies, and that causation in biological systems is fundamentally reciprocal in nature. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: In Honor of Jerry Hogan.
      Behavioural Processes 06/2014; 117. DOI:10.1016/j.beproc.2014.05.008
    Evans Boney

    Thanks for the answer Nikolaus.  Unfortunately, I think too many people dismiss vertical cultural information transfer because of the prevalence of horizontal information transfer.  Do parents and children not normally exchange ideas in an indistinguishable after the fact way to which they exchange genes?

    What precludes any signature of Mendelian inheritance from a cultural locus / meme?

  • Nivea Ferreira added an answer:
    - Measurable targets
    - What do we want, and when
    - What problems could then be solved?
    - How relevant are those problems?
    - Any commercial applications?
    - Time scale
    Nivea Ferreira
    No, not really. The forum never got to be used as we intended.
  • Nivea Ferreira asked a question:
    - What do we want?
    - What we don't want?
    - Why? or Why not?
    - Is is creating life?
    - Is it ethical to do it?
    - Do we want to exploit it (commercially)?
  • Nivea Ferreira asked a question:
    - Pitfalls
    - Obstacles
    - Challenges
    - Dangers and counter-measures
    - Enablers
  • Nivea Ferreira asked a question:
    - Does it already exist?
    - How far are we?
    - What do we miss?
    - What can't we do at the moment?
    - What can we already do?
    - Current developments
    - Time scale

About Genome-Culture Coevolution

the effects of culture and cultural evolution on the genome

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