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Friday, October 17th 2014
Speaker: Marcus Feldman, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University
Subject: Next Generation Theory of Cultural Evolution
Refreshments served in Room 275 Nicholson Hall at 3:15 p.m.

The human cultural niche can influence both biological and cultural evolution. The effects of changes in some norms and values may have unexpected consequences for other norms and values. One example will be shown. The role of culturally determined marriage preferences on cultural niche construction also has entirely unexpected effects. Rarely modeled effects of learning styles on the stochastic dynamics of cultural traits in small populations will be explored using agent-based simulation techniques.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science.

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