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The Cultural Evolution Society's Online Learning Series

The Neverending Story: Cultural Evolution and Narratives

Lecture 1: Introduction I

This lecture sets the scene for the course. It explores the important role of narratives in human culture and the psychology of ‘narrativity’. It provides a brief introduction to how cultural evolution can approach these stories. The exercise involves reading a paper a crucial paper for understanding the cultural evolution approach.


Slides: (pdf)
Readings: Mesoudi et al. 2004. Perspective: Is human cultural evolution Darwinian? Evidence reviewed from the perspective of The Origin of Species (pdf)
Exercises: (pdf)

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