Amazing! Human evolution is driven by Darwinism, right? Well, maybe not. From Colin Barras at New Scientist:
Essentially, a few individuals can colonise new habitats and ecological niches thanks to their behavioural flexibility. Group culture then transmits the know-how of surviving on new resources and sets the group on a separate evolutionary track.
“This is an extremely important piece of research,” says Hal Whitehead at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. “The results are fascinating. We now see how in killer whales, as in humans, culture is not only an important factor in the lives of the whales, but also [helps drive] genetic evolution.”
“One of the main conclusions is that variation within killer whales, humans and likely many other species arises from multiple interacting processes rather than being attributed to just culture, ecology or genetics,” says Foote. More.
Translation: We want to back away from Darwinism. We realize that evolutionary psychology is beyond ridiculous. But what to do?
It’s okay if evolution is driven by culture as long as we can find a non-human example!
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