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From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Fri 23 May 2003 - 19:21:03 GMT

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    Ray wrote:

    > Could you offer a reaons for insisting on that performance based memes
    > would only apply to humans?

    Because the performance model is a model of cultural evolution, not a model of imitated and/or social behavior. Is culture much more than simply imitated and/or social behavior? Yes, it is.

    Are the imitative acts of behavior presently witnessed and studied in other animals explainable without culture? Yes, they are.

    Hauser's work is pre-eminently suited to finding the mechanisms of imitative and social behaviors, and he sees no need for culture to be introduced.

    - Wade

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