Culture-led Gene-Culture Coevolution
Apr 13, 2012
In the classic nature-nurture dichotomy, nature has a stronger or weaker influence on nurture, but certainly nurture was supposed to have no impact on nature. Human culture is often taken to be a form of nurture. However, culture itself has evolutionary properties. In particular, culture generates novel environments that in turn select for novel genes. A few dramatic cases of this effect are well known and many more are suspected. The nature-nurture dichotomy is an impediment to clear thinking and should be abandoned!