Embodying culture: integrated cognitive systems and cultural evolution

Richard Menary, Alexander Gillett

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Abstract

One of the key ingredients of ICS is the social/cultural practices, which we call normative patterned practices (henceforth NPP), that govern the dynamics of brain-body-niche interactions. NPPs operate at both social levels and individual, even sub-personal, levels. They originate as patterns of activity spread out over a population of agents (Roepstorff et al. 2010); consequently they should be understood primarily as public systems of activity and/or representation that are susceptible to innovative alteration, expansion and even contraction over time. They are transmitted horizontally across generational groups and vertically from one generation to the next. At the individual level they are acquired most often by learning and training (hence the importance of LDP), and they manifest themselves as changes in the ways in which individuals think, but also the ways in which they act (intentionally) and the ways in which they interact with other members of their social group(s) and the local environment. NPPs, therefore, operate at different levels (groups and individuals) and over different timescales (intergenerationally and in the here-and-now).

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of philosophy of the social mind
EditorsJulian Kiverstein
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Pages72-87
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315530178, 9781315530161
ISBN (Print)9781138827691
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Fingerprint

Cognitive Systems
Cultural Evolution
Interaction
Cultural Practices
Niche
Alteration
Time Scales
Social Groups
Contraction

Cite this

Menary, R., & Gillett, A. (2017). Embodying culture: integrated cognitive systems and cultural evolution. In J. Kiverstein (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of philosophy of the social mind (pp. 72-87). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
Menary, Richard ; Gillett, Alexander. / Embodying culture : integrated cognitive systems and cultural evolution. The Routledge handbook of philosophy of the social mind. editor / Julian Kiverstein. London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017. pp. 72-87
@inbook{d32936b629764d8c85cf0772aa9ef8d1,
title = "Embodying culture: integrated cognitive systems and cultural evolution",
abstract = "One of the key ingredients of ICS is the social/cultural practices, which we call normative patterned practices (henceforth NPP), that govern the dynamics of brain-body-niche interactions. NPPs operate at both social levels and individual, even sub-personal, levels. They originate as patterns of activity spread out over a population of agents (Roepstorff et al. 2010); consequently they should be understood primarily as public systems of activity and/or representation that are susceptible to innovative alteration, expansion and even contraction over time. They are transmitted horizontally across generational groups and vertically from one generation to the next. At the individual level they are acquired most often by learning and training (hence the importance of LDP), and they manifest themselves as changes in the ways in which individuals think, but also the ways in which they act (intentionally) and the ways in which they interact with other members of their social group(s) and the local environment. NPPs, therefore, operate at different levels (groups and individuals) and over different timescales (intergenerationally and in the here-and-now).",
author = "Richard Menary and Alexander Gillett",
year = "2017",
language = "English",
isbn = "9781138827691",
pages = "72--87",
editor = "Julian Kiverstein",
booktitle = "The Routledge handbook of philosophy of the social mind",
publisher = "Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group",
address = "United Kingdom",

}

Menary, R & Gillett, A 2017, Embodying culture: integrated cognitive systems and cultural evolution. in J Kiverstein (ed.), The Routledge handbook of philosophy of the social mind. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, London ; New York, pp. 72-87.

Embodying culture : integrated cognitive systems and cultural evolution. / Menary, Richard; Gillett, Alexander.

The Routledge handbook of philosophy of the social mind. ed. / Julian Kiverstein. London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2017. p. 72-87.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

TY - CHAP

T1 - Embodying culture

T2 - integrated cognitive systems and cultural evolution

AU - Menary, Richard

AU - Gillett, Alexander

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - One of the key ingredients of ICS is the social/cultural practices, which we call normative patterned practices (henceforth NPP), that govern the dynamics of brain-body-niche interactions. NPPs operate at both social levels and individual, even sub-personal, levels. They originate as patterns of activity spread out over a population of agents (Roepstorff et al. 2010); consequently they should be understood primarily as public systems of activity and/or representation that are susceptible to innovative alteration, expansion and even contraction over time. They are transmitted horizontally across generational groups and vertically from one generation to the next. At the individual level they are acquired most often by learning and training (hence the importance of LDP), and they manifest themselves as changes in the ways in which individuals think, but also the ways in which they act (intentionally) and the ways in which they interact with other members of their social group(s) and the local environment. NPPs, therefore, operate at different levels (groups and individuals) and over different timescales (intergenerationally and in the here-and-now).

AB - One of the key ingredients of ICS is the social/cultural practices, which we call normative patterned practices (henceforth NPP), that govern the dynamics of brain-body-niche interactions. NPPs operate at both social levels and individual, even sub-personal, levels. They originate as patterns of activity spread out over a population of agents (Roepstorff et al. 2010); consequently they should be understood primarily as public systems of activity and/or representation that are susceptible to innovative alteration, expansion and even contraction over time. They are transmitted horizontally across generational groups and vertically from one generation to the next. At the individual level they are acquired most often by learning and training (hence the importance of LDP), and they manifest themselves as changes in the ways in which individuals think, but also the ways in which they act (intentionally) and the ways in which they interact with other members of their social group(s) and the local environment. NPPs, therefore, operate at different levels (groups and individuals) and over different timescales (intergenerationally and in the here-and-now).

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85049659601&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315530178

M3 - Chapter

SN - 9781138827691

SP - 72

EP - 87

BT - The Routledge handbook of philosophy of the social mind

A2 - Kiverstein, Julian

PB - Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

CY - London ; New York

ER -

Menary R, Gillett A. Embodying culture: integrated cognitive systems and cultural evolution. In Kiverstein J, editor, The Routledge handbook of philosophy of the social mind. London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 2017. p. 72-87