The Evolution of Cultural Evolution JOSEPH HENRICH AND RICHARD McELREATH In 1860, aiming to be the first Euro-peans to travel south to north across Australia, Robert Burke led an ex-tremely well-equipped expedition of three men (King, Wills and Gray) from their base camp in Cooper’s Creek in central Australia with five Dr. Henrich (UCLA, Anthropology, 1999) is a professor and chair at Harvard University in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press; Henrich J., McElreath R. 2006 Dual inheritance theory: the evolution of human cultural capacities and cultural evolution. In Oxford handbook of evolutionary psychology (eds Dunbar R., Barrett L., editors. Joe discussed his work on cultural evolution and its implications for both today and the future. Henrich N., Henrich J. In a narrow critique of two early papers in the literature on cumulative cultural evolution, Vaesen et al. Henrich is more persuasive when applying his theory of cumulative culture to the evolution of ideas. Henrich's research areas include cultural learning, the evolution of cooperation, social stratification, prestige, and the evolution of economic decision-making and religious beliefs. ), pp. The power of these collective brains depends on in part on the size of the group of individuals engaged and on their social interconnectedness. Cumulative cultural evolution manifests into a ‘collective brain’- what Henrich argues is a type of super-organism. He has been at the leading edge of the development of new theories about social learning, cultural niche construction and cumulative cultural evolution. Broadly, his research focuses on cultural evolution, and culture-driven genetic evolution. Joe Henrich has worked for many years in collaboration with a range of researchers from different disciplines - anthropology, cultural evolution theory, economics, evolutionary psychology. 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