From: Ray Recchia (email@example.com)
Date: Tue 27 May 2003 - 17:19:40 GMT
Dugatkin says that animal imitation constitutes culture. How does an
individual event of performance differ from an event of imitated animal
behavior other than the fact in one case a human is doing it and in the
other case an animal is?
From: "Wade T. Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 15:21:03 -0400
Subject: only homo sapiens
> Ray wrote:
> > Could you offer a reaons for insisting on that performance based
> > 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
> - Wade
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