Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (3):257-258 (2014)

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Eric Margolis
University of British Columbia
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Smaldino's (2014) proposed extension of the theory of cultural evolution embraces emergent group-level traits. We argue, instead, that group-level traits reduce to the traits of individuals, particularly when it comes to the question of how group-level traits are inherited or transmitted, and that this metaphysical fact is integral to the theory of cultural evolution.
Keywords cultural evolution  emergent group-level traits  group-level inheritance
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DOI 10.1017/s0140525x13002847
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