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The Evolution of Cultural Entities$
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Michael Wheeler, John Ziman, and Margaret A. Boden

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262627

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262627.001.0001

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The Evolution of Merged Culture, Genes, and Computing Artefacts

The Evolution of Merged Culture, Genes, and Computing Artefacts

(p.201) The Evolution of Merged Culture, Genes, and Computing Artefacts
The Evolution of Cultural Entities

Susantha Goonatilake

British Academy

This chapter examines the evolution of cultural entities and how it is influenced by an environment that includes genes and computing devices. More specifically, it discusses the co-evolution of culture with the environment comprising genes and computing artefacts. It first considers some general properties of this co-evolution, including timing and sequence, and how cultural information is gradually modified as it is transmitted from one generation to the next. It then looks at genetic information and its interaction with environments, as well as its storage in computers. Finally, it explores how genetic information merges with cultural information and artefactual information.

Keywords:   evolution, cultural entities, genes, co-evolution, culture, computing artefacts, cultural information, genetic information, computers, artefactual information

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