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  • What Is Cultural Evolution?

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    Is there a specific image or visual when contemplating the word ‘evolution’? Often, people in society are closed off or intimidated by the idea or theory of evolution. Typically, the immediate visual received has to do with humans evolving from apes, and that’s about it. About 33% of Americans not only reject this idea of human evolution, but also the evolution of all living things. This does not mean that this entire percentage of people is closed minded or ignorant, necessarily – they may just

  • Dawkins, Kozol, and Cultural Evolution

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    immortal, and the success of the gene’s survival is the success of the vehicle (body) the gene creates. The term meme was also coined by Dawkins, introducing a cultural alternative theory of natural selection through imitating human behaviors, spreading information throughout society. Dawkins continues to lecture and teach his theory of evolution of life and the world. His outspoken views on religion have also kept him in the forefront of the media, receiving accolades and criticisms. Sharing the same

  • Natural Selection, Scale, and Cultural Evolution

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    Evolution can be seen throughout all aspects of life, but for each aspect evolution does not occur in the same process. In his article entitled “Natural Selection, Scale, and Cultural Evolution,” Dunnell emphasizes and explains why evolution has made such a small impact on archaeology. Cultural evolution and biological evolution are not the same. Biological evolution uses theoretical propositions that explain the mechanisms of biological adaptation and evolution. The laws of cultural evolution “are

  • Natural Selection, Scale, and Cultural Evolution

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    Selection, Scale, and Cultural Evolution” Dunnell states that his purpose for the paper is to explain why evolution has made such a small impact on archaeology. His hopes, he says, are to give ways to integrate evolutionary characteristics and anthropological theory effectively. He first explains that cultural evolution and biological evolution are not the same (1996, pg 24). Because its “laws are not theoretical propositions but rather empirical generalizations,” cultural evolution does not work to

  • Examining Evolution from the Perspective of Biological and Cultural Anthropology

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    (human being), and -logia (study). In the field of Anthropology, there are four sub-fields: Biological, Cultural, Linguistic, and Archaeological. Each of these sub-fields can be beneficial to study the theory of evolution, and all of the sub-fields are important in their own respect. However, the biological and cultural fields are, perhaps, more significant than the others regarding evolution. Evolution can be defined differently within each sub-field of anthropology. However, biological anthropology

  • Cultural Evolution

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    Cultural evolution began to occur during the most recent Ice Age, or within the last hundred or fifty thousand years. This is when the tools that's are used for sophisticated hunting are found; for example the spear thrower, the fully barbed harpoon, and the flint master tools that were used to make all the hunting tools. Cultural evolution took shape because man had the flexibility of mind to recognize inventions and to turn them into community property. The Ice Ages forced man to depend less on

  • Cultural Evolution vs. Technological Innovation

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    Cultural Evolution vs. Technological Innovation Historically, in the relationship between human culture and technology, cultural evolution has lagged behind the pace of technological innovation. Technology is the human solution to fulfilling human needs. As these needs change, new technologies will supplement the old ones; inevitably changing the culture which created it, resulting in a co-evolution of technology and culture; and impacting the future of their culture. The disparate rate of cultural

  • From Unilineal Cultural Evolution to Functionalism

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    From Unilineal Cultural Evolution to Functionalism Several anthropological theories emerged during the early twentieth century. Arguably, the most important of these was Functionalism. Bronislaw Malinowski was a prominent anthropologist in Britain during that time and had great influence on the development of this theory. Malinowski suggested that individuals have certain physiological needs and that cultures develop to meet those needs. Malinowski saw those needs as being nutrition, reproduction

  • The Evolution and Cultural Influence of American Cinema

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    When asked to name some typical characteristics of Asian people, what comes to mind? Chopsticks or a strong belief in cultural heritage? How about American families? Based on many different facets, you probably feel as though you know what ideologies your culture believes. If we look at the media through time, it has evolved through a dependency on the growth of technology. As technology advances, old forms fade while content shifts with the culture. The most popular form of entertainment, that provides

  • The Concept of Evolution

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    The Concept of Evolution In the middle of this century, both biological and cultural anthropology experiences a major change in theory. In biological anthropology, biological anthropologists adopted an approach which focused on the gene. They saw the human evolution as the process of genetic adaptation to the environment. In the mean time, there were also cultural analogies to evolution. Cultural evolution also followed a process of adaptation. In the field of anthropology, a very important