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The Cultural Evolution Society's Online Learning Series

The Neverending Story: Cultural Evolution and Narratives

Lecture 2: Introduction II

This lecture goes into more detail regarding a Darwinian cultural evolution approach to narratives. It explains how stories meet the criteria for Darwinian evolution and introduces some of the techniques researchers have used to examine the cultural evolution of narratives. The exercise gives you the chance to construct a phylogenetic tree for the classic folktale, Red Riding Hood.


Slides: (pdf)
  ATU333 Stories document (pdf) (txt)
  Instructions (pdf)
  Work sheet (pdf) (docx)
  Model answer (pdf)

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