Self-interested agents create, maintain and modify group-functional culture

Manvir Singh, Luke Glowacki, Richard W. Wrangham

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We agree that institutions and rules are crucial for explaining human sociality but we question the claim of there not being "alternatives to CGS [that] can easily account for the institutionalized cooperation that characterizes human societies" (target article sect. 7). Hypothesizing that self-interested individuals coercively and collaboratively create rules we propose that agent-based hypotheses offer viable alternatives to cultural group selection (CGS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e52
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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