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DAN SPERBER Social and cognitive scientist, CNRS, Paris; author, Explaining Culture Culture is natural A number of us — biologists, cognitive scientists, anthropologists or philosophers — have been trying to lay down the foundations for a truly naturalistic approach to culture. Sociobiologists and cultural ecologists have explored the idea that cultural behaviors are biological adaptations to be explained in terms of natural selection. Memeticists inspired by Richard Dawkins argue that cultural evolution is an autonomous Darwinian selection process merely enabled but not governed by biological evolution. Evolutionary psychologists, Cavalli-Sforza, Feldman, Boyd and Richerson, and I are among those who, in different ways, argue for more complex interactions between biology and culture.
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So how do they explain your anguish? I ask.
La direction générale d’IBM a été confiée le 1er janvier dernier à une femme, Ginni Rometty .
By JONAH LEHRER
Up to 40,000 Norwegians staged an emotionally-charged singalong in Oslo on Thursday near the court house where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for the murder of 77 people in a protest organisers said showed he had not broken their tolerant society. "It's we who win," said guitar-strumming folk singer Lillebjoern Nilsen as he led the mass singalong and watched the crowd sway gently in the rain.