“Culture is (mostly) information stored in human brains, and gets transmitted from brain to brain by way of a variety of social learning processes.”
“The key is to focus on the details of individual lives. Kids imitate one another, their parents, and other adults, and both children and adults are taught by others. As children grow up they acquire cultural influences, skills, beliefs, and”
“First, people may vary because they inherited different genes from their parents. Second, genetically similar individuals may differ because they have lived in different environments.5 Finally, people may differ because they have acquired different beliefs, values, and skills”
“We divide the evolving system into two parts. One is the "inertial" part-the processes that tend to keep the population the same from one time period to the next.”
“biologists would call the proximate causes of human variation-that is, we have been talking about its immediate causes rather than its long-run evolutionary causes. If”
“In fact, other than certain aspects oflow-level vision, I know of no success at relating systematicities of mental representations to the details of neural architecture.14”
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