Lt Commander Data (data@SELWAY.UMT.EDU)
Fri, 28 Jan 1994 08:49:29 -0700

I see a tendency here to pursue the difficult path. There have been many
definitions of culture here lately, all of which are far too elaborate.

Culture is, simply, learned behavior. Embodied in that simple statement
are all the apsects of culture that you need: learned = reproduced;
behavior = human activity and the products thereof.

Homo sapiens is the only animal that has the ability to change its niche.
The result is culture (ie: learned behavior). This is a very simplified
look at biocultural evolution; for a more detailed view, check out Paul
Colinvaux "Why Big Fierce Animals are Rare".

Data out

"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my
"To the curious incident of the dog in the night time."
"The dog did nothing in the night time."
"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.