Cultural Evolution & its Interplay with Biological Evolution

I have a longlasting interest in cultural evolution. While I have been less active on this topic, I recently published several papers on the fidelity of transmission in cultural evolution. Together with Mathieu Charbonneau, we argue that degree of fidelity of transmission is tightly linked to the grain of description of a particular transmission event, and that contrary to the case of biological transmission there is no general convention for describing cultural evolution at a particular grain.

Prior to swtiching to philosophy, I worked on the evolution of religious beliefs. The challenges of integrating the different approach to this phenomenon is one reason that prompted me to move to philosophy.

Pierrick Bourrat
Pierrick Bourrat
Senior Lecturer & DECRA Fellow

My research interests include the concepts of evolutionary theory, causation and the interplay between biological and cultural evolution.