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The pace of modern culture.
Nat Hum Behav. 2020 Jan 20 [Online ahead of print]NH

Abstract

Here we investigate the evolutionary dynamics of several kinds of modern cultural artefacts-pop music, novels, the clinical literature and cars-as well as a collection of organic populations. In contrast to the general belief that modern culture evolves very quickly, we show that rates of modern cultural evolution are comparable to those of many animal populations. Using time-series methods, we show that much of modern culture is shaped by either stabilizing or directional forces or both and that these forces partly regulate the rates at which different traits evolve. We suggest that these forces are probably cultural selection and that the evolution of many artefact traits can be explained by a shifting-optimum model of cultural selection that, in turn, rests on known psychological biases in aesthetic appreciation. In sum, our results demonstrate the deep unity of the processes and patterns of cultural and organic evolution.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK.National Centre for Text Mining, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK.Department of Computing, Imperial College London, London, UK.College of Arts and Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA.National Centre for Text Mining, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, London, UK. a.leroi@imperial.ac.uk. Data Science Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK. a.leroi@imperial.ac.uk.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31959923

Citation

Lambert, Ben, et al. "The Pace of Modern Culture." Nature Human Behaviour, 2020.
Lambert B, Kontonatsios G, Mauch M, et al. The pace of modern culture. Nat Hum Behav. 2020.
Lambert, B., Kontonatsios, G., Mauch, M., Kokkoris, T., Jockers, M., Ananiadou, S., & Leroi, A. M. (2020). The pace of modern culture. Nature Human Behaviour. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0802-4
Lambert B, et al. The Pace of Modern Culture. Nat Hum Behav. 2020 Jan 20; PubMed PMID: 31959923.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The pace of modern culture. AU - Lambert,Ben, AU - Kontonatsios,Georgios, AU - Mauch,Matthias, AU - Kokkoris,Theodore, AU - Jockers,Matthew, AU - Ananiadou,Sophia, AU - Leroi,Armand M, Y1 - 2020/01/20/ PY - 2019/03/11/received PY - 2019/11/29/accepted PY - 2020/1/22/entrez JF - Nature human behaviour JO - Nat Hum Behav N2 - Here we investigate the evolutionary dynamics of several kinds of modern cultural artefacts-pop music, novels, the clinical literature and cars-as well as a collection of organic populations. In contrast to the general belief that modern culture evolves very quickly, we show that rates of modern cultural evolution are comparable to those of many animal populations. Using time-series methods, we show that much of modern culture is shaped by either stabilizing or directional forces or both and that these forces partly regulate the rates at which different traits evolve. We suggest that these forces are probably cultural selection and that the evolution of many artefact traits can be explained by a shifting-optimum model of cultural selection that, in turn, rests on known psychological biases in aesthetic appreciation. In sum, our results demonstrate the deep unity of the processes and patterns of cultural and organic evolution. SN - 2397-3374 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31959923/The_pace_of_modern_culture DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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