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The Innate Mind Volume 2: Culture and Cognition$
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Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, and Stephen Stich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.001.0001

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Culture and Modularit y

Culture and Modularit y

(p.149) 10 Culture and Modularity
The Innate Mind

Dan Sperber (Contributor Webpage)

Lawrence Hirschfeld

Oxford University Press

Cultural diversity demonstrates the flexibility of the human mind and might be seen as providing compelling evidence against the massively modularity thesis, which seems to imply a high degree of mental rigidity. This chapter argues that a proper understanding of the modular organization of the mind, in particular a distinction between the proper and the actual domain of modules, helps explain both the relative stability of culture and its diversity.

Keywords:   cultural epidemiology, domain-specificity, evolutionary psychology, cultural diversity

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