- 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.
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?Following
- Nivea Ferreira added an answer:Description- Measurable targets
- What do we want, and when
- What problems could then be solved?
- How relevant are those problems?
- Any commercial applications?
- Time scale
No, not really. The forum never got to be used as we intended.Following
- Description - 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)?
- Description - Pitfalls
- Dangers and counter-measures
- Description - 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
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About Genome-Culture Coevolution
the effects of culture and cultural evolution on the genome