Article: "Culture and Cognitive Development" Article Review by Nicky

Analyzes Michael Tomasello's article "Culture and Cognitive Development" about the biological basis for the transmission of culture and the complex inter-relationship of human culture to human evolution.
# 146378 | 1,175 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 26, 2010 in Education (Theory) , Sociology (Theory) , Biology (Zoology)

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This paper explains that Michael Tomasello in his article "Culture and Cognitive Development" delineates differences in learning observed in humans and the chimpanzee, which is consider to be man's closest relative genetically and culturally. Next, the author relates that Tomasello indicates that humans learns imitatively rather than by emulation as chimpanzees do, which then connects to the differences in the development and expression of culture. The paper concludes that, although the author is intrigued by Tomasello's ideas, the author does disagree with Tomasello's leap from imitative learning to the development of culture without further research and analysis.

From the Paper:

"After explaining these differences in learning and cognition between humans and chimpanzees, Tomasello connects the differences to the differences in the development and expression of culture. Though chimpanzees and other non-human animals do exhibit some aspects of culture, Tomasello asserts that culture is dependent on a sustainability and communicability of various actions and gestures which non-human animals lack. Chimpanzee culture, then, can never really develop because there is no way for the species to preserve the individual elements of culture."

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