Re: thought-experiment

Bryant (
14 Sep 1996 20:02:26 -0600

In article <m-pg0123.842738796@mrslate>,
Paul Gallagher <> wrote:

>On one hand, you have the idea that culture is functional; on the other, that
>human culture arises from the genes, and that the variation among human cultures
>arises from variation in the genes. [snip]

The favored sociobiological/evolutionary psychological perspective, I think,
currently is that species-typical evolved psychological adaptations
generate a diversity of cultural elements in different ecological and
historical settings. You describe a behavioral genetics view above.

>I don't want to imply that culture is functional.

Heavens, no. :)

>I am suggesting that a
>culture that is autonomous from the genes would better serve the reproduction
>of the genes than a culture that is determined by the genes.

Superorganic theory? Why would practices be adopted which do not reflect
evolved individual strivings?