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Mixed Messages: Cultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society

Robert A. Paul


Starting from the observed fact that humans construct themselves using information carried in two separate channels, one cultural and consisting largely of symbols, the other genetic and consisting largely of DNA, this book explores the consequences for human socio-cultural systems of the relationship between the two components of this dual inheritance model and of the key differences between them. Using a wide array of ethnographic cases, the book shows that while socio-cultural systems vary greatly, any one of them when analyzed will reveal the effects of the necessary tension between the tw ... More

Keywords: dual inheritance, cultural inheritance, genetic inheritance, symbols, inclusive fitness, public arena, evolutionary theory, social cultural construction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226240725
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226241050.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Paul, author