The Cultural Impacts Of Culture And Cultural Evolution In Humans

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Introduction If you compare your DNA to the person sitting next to you, how similar do you think it will be? It turns out that biologically humans are about 99.0-99.9% similar to each other. We know that these small differences account for distinctive variation such as hair, eye, and skin color. However, the person next to you may not speak the same language, have the same beliefs, or have the same customs. Therefore all aspects of human behavior are not determined by biology. So what accounts for these differences? In this chapter we will explore culture and how cultural evolution has impacted humans.

What is Culture? (couple paragraphs, general ideas, cultural phenomena)

Culture is the transmission of ideas and technologies across generations. Unlike genetics humans are not born with culture, they learn it from the people around them and their environment. A society's language, food, arts, clothes, religion, beliefs, and tools all fall under the umbrella of culture. Thus, accounting for the differences found between people. However, just like biology, culture cannot account for all human behavior.
In order for behaviors to be considered cultural, they must fit into a criteria established by cultural anthropologist. Anthropologist study the culture of local and global communities. In order to obtain accurate information from different communities cultural anthropologist engage in a practice called fieldwork. When conducting fieldwork anthropologist must establish
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