The emergence of collective knowledge and cumulative culture in animals, humans and machines

Andrew Whiten, Dora Biro, Nicolas Bredeche, Ellen C Garland, Simon Kirby

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Abstract

The goal of this themed issue and the associated Royal Society and British Academy joint Discussion Meeting is to advance, and bridge between, two topics and their respective research fields that have burgeoned in recent years, although to date they have often done so quite separately. One field is concerned with collective action, collective intelligence and collective knowledge among groupings of individuals; phenomena in which significantly more is achieved by the collective than is possible for any one individual alone. Their manifestations and mechanisms have been studied across populations of the kinds of non-human animals (henceforth ‘animals’), humans and machines that are the subject matter of this issue.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Volume377
Issue number1843
Early online date13 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • collective cognition
  • collective memory
  • social learning
  • culture
  • cultural evolution
  • cumulative culture

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