“Cultural Evolution” Learning Path

Cultural Evolution is a concept from anthropology and sociology. Because it takes a very broad view of human development, it is a key concept to understand before moving onto more specific topics.

I recommend that you read these book summaries in the following order:

  1. “Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution” by Richerson and Boyd
  2. “The Origin and Evolution of Cultures” by Robert Boyd and Peter Richerson
  3. “The Secret of Our Success” by Joseph Henrich
  4. “Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny” by Robert Wright
  5. “The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge” by Matt Ridley
  6. “Cultural Evolution: How Darwinian Theory Can Explain Human Culture” by Alex Mesoudi

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