Evolutionary simulation modelling clarifies interactions between parallel adaptive processes

Seth Bullock, Jason Noble

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The teleological language in the target article is ill-advised, as it obscures the question of whether ecological and cultural inheritances are directed or random. The authors present a very broad palette of explanatory possibilities; evolutionary simulation models could help narrow down the processes important in a particular case. Examples of such models are offered in the areas of language change and the Baldwin effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-151
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000

Bibliographical note

Commentary On: Laland, K. N., Odling-Smee, F. J., Feldman, M. W. (1999). Niche construction, biological evolution and cultural change. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23: 131--175.


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