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BioaestheticsMaking Sense of Life in Science and the Arts$
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Carsten Strathausen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517900755

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517900755.001.0001

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Cultural Evolution

Cultural Evolution

(p.103) 3 Cultural Evolution

Carsten Strathausen

University of Minnesota Press

The third chapter on “Cultural Evolution” contrasts my notion of “bio-aesthetics” with that of “sociobiology,” a highly controversial concept introduced by Edward O. Wilson in 1975 to describe his reductionist approach to human culture based on molecular biology and evolutionary theory—a concept that, in the eyes of Wilson’s critics, amounted to nothing less than Social Darwinism.

Keywords:   Art, Aesthetics, Biology, Neuroscience, Cognition, neo-darwinisim, autopoiesis, system theory, history of science, interdisciplinarity

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