Cultural group selection is plausible, but the predictions of its hypotheses should be tested with real-world data

Peter Turchin, Thomas E. Currie
Behavioral and Brain Sci March 9, 2016 Journal Link PDF


The evidence compiled in the target article demonstrates that the assumptions of cultural group selection (CGS) theory are often met, and it is therefore a useful framework for generating plausible hypotheses. However, more can be said about how we can test the predictions of CGS hypotheses against competing explanations using historical, archaeological, and anthropological data.
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