Title

Biological and Cultural Group Selection: Comments on Landa's paper

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-16-2008

Publisher

Springer

Abstract

Janet Landa’s (2008) article is a study of the operation of cultural group selection and does not address, one way or the other, the relative importance of or the possible interactions between cultural and biological group selection. In that sense, it can fit comfortably within what my article in this issue calls the currently fashionable position. The currently fashionable position is that biological group selection is theoretically possible but its behavioral legacy is negligible. In contrast, cultural group selection has been a major force on human behavior, and poss