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  • Mar 03, 2012
  • 12:54 PM

Why Our Culture Is in Our Genes

Matt Ridley / Wall Street Journal
Language is the most striking exemplar of Dr. Pagel's thesis. He calls language "one of the most powerful, dangerous and subversive traits that natural selection has ever devised." He draws attention to the curious parallels between genetics and linguistics. Both are digital systems, in which words or base pairs are recombined to make an infinite possibility of messages.

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