Speaker Name(s): R. Paul Thompson, BA, MA, PhD
Description: Some important behavioural propensities have a genetic basis, usually mediated by the hormonal, circadian, or neural systems. Many such propensities can be overridden by cognitive agents. This ability to override behavioural propensities, combined with the human capacity for cultural transmission of newly discovered and fitness enhancing behaviours, makes possible rapid evolutionary change in a behavioural propensity. In this lecture, a population genetic mechanism for accelerated evolution driven by human cognition and culture is developed.