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Applications in Cultural Evolution: Arts, Languages, Technologies

Research in cultural evolution has made great advances in creating models that would explain culture. Often, these have been general models (for example, modeling cultural drift or diffusion) that provide the scholars with a common language through which to discuss various cultural phenomena. With some agreement in the fundamentals, the question of applications remains: how well do these general models suit every particular domain of culture? As the cultural evolution research becomes more popular and crosses many new disciplinary boundaries, this and other, more particular, questions become increasingly interesting, for example:

  • Does cultural evolution work the same way in different domains - e.g., arts, technology and language?
  • What is the role and relative influence of various biases, selection pressures or attractors in our cultural history?
  • Has there been historical times when these influences have been stronger or weaker?
  • Can we make predictions about future trajectories of cultural evolution?

The aim of the conference is to present and discuss the case studies in various domains of culture. 

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Applications in Cultural Evolution: Arts, Languages, Technologies