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Andrew Buskell
Cambridge University
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Cultural attractor theory (CAT) is a highly visible and audacious approach to studying human cultural evolution. However, the explanatory aims and some central explanatory concepts of CAT remain unclear. Here I remedy these problems. I provide a reconstruction of CAT that recasts it as a theory of forces. I then demonstrate how this reinterpretation of CAT has the resources to generate both cultural distribution and evolvability explanations. I conclude by examining the potential benefits and drawbacks of this reconstruction.
Keywords cultural evolution  cultural attractor theory  explanation
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DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/ptb.6959004.0009.013
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